Iasi City Orientation, Iasi

The city of Iasi – second largest in Romania after the national capital Bucharest – is quite often, and deservedly so, referred to as the "cultural capital" of the country. Located in the vast eastern region of Moldova, around which Romania, as a unified kingdom, was formed in the mid 19th century, it was indeed once the capital of it. Renowned for its cultural heritage, Iasi is also home to the country's oldest university, and has long been regarded as the center of Romania's social and artistic life. Attesting to this claim are a number of local attractions featured in this guide. So, take a walk and discover Iasi as it is today!
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Iasi City Orientation Map

Guide Name: Iasi City Orientation
Guide Location: Romania » Iasi (See other walking tours in Iasi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: ellen
Palace of Culture

1) Palace of Culture (must see)

The Palace of Culture is a spacious (299 rooms/36,000 m²) architectural landmark, symbol of Iasi and a listed national monument. It was built between 1906 and 1925 (the construction was somewhat halted by WWI) by prominent Romanian architect I.D. Berindei partially on the ruins of medieval princely court and a 19th century royal palace. In front of the building stands a mounted statue of Stephan the Great, medieval ruler of the Principality of Moldavia. During World War II the palace served as...   view more
Palas Mall

2) Palas Mall

Palas Mall is a vast shopping center in the Civic Centre district of Iasi, part of a huge lifestyle center, comprising more than 270,000 square meters of commercial space. It is located not far from the landmark Palace of...   view more
Dosoftei's House

3) Dosoftei's House

The Dosoftei House is a 17th century building named after the religious ruler of Moldavia (region of Romania) Metropolitan Dosoftei who in 1679 established here a print house (second in the region). The building underwent restoration in 1966-1969 and, since 1970, has been housing the Department of Old Romanian Literature of The Romanian Literature Museum, storing a collection of old and rare manuscripts, including the Romanian Book of Teaching, Bible of Buchares, and...   view more
Three Hierarchs Monastery

4) Three Hierarchs Monastery (must see)

Situated in the old centre of Iasi, on Stefan cel Mare Boulevard (previously known as the Princely Street), the Monastery of the Three Holy Hierarchs symbolizes cultural and spiritual legacy of the Moldavia region of Romania. It was built in 1637-1639 by Vasile Lupu, prince of Moldavia, as a manifestation of his sovereignty, and remains under the patronage of Three Holy Hierarchs - St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. The "Trisfetite" Church, inside...   view more
Stefan cel Mare Boulevard

5) Stefan cel Mare Boulevard

Stefan cel Mare Boulevard is a pedestrian street in Iasi named after the region's medieval ruler and national hero, Stefan cel Mare; it has retained much of its historic cobble-stone appearance and continues to lure people in their thousands for a casual stroll from the Palace of Culture to Palas Mall, or to Piata Unirii and nearby Hotels Grand Traian and Unirea. Alongside these attractions, the Boulevard also houses the Iasi City Hall and the Metropolitan Cathedral, let alone numerous...   view more
The Saint Mary Catholic Cathedral

6) The Saint Mary Catholic Cathedral

The Saint Mary Cathedral of Iasi is a Catholic temple first built in 1753 entirely of wood to replace the old church that stood in this place before. In 1782-1789 it was rebuilt in bricks. Following the 1802 earthquake and then the fire of 1827, the building underwent further changes, followed by renovations of 1861, seeing extensions made and the interior repainted by Italian artist Giuseppe Carta from Palermo. Also, during that time, white marble altars and via crucis icons were installed....   view more
Metropolitan Cathedral

7) Metropolitan Cathedral (must see)

The Iași Metropolitan Cathedral is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina, and is the largest Orthodox temple in Romania. It is built on the site of two churches dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries, and was opened in April 1887 in the presence of King Carol I. The architecture is inspired by the late Italian Renaissance and abounds in Baroque elements. The interior is adorned with paintings by Gheorghe Tatarescu, showing influence...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Roznovanu Palace / Iasi City Hall

8) Roznovanu Palace / Iasi City Hall (must see)

Roset-Roznovanu Palace (Romanian: Palatul Roset-Roznovanu) dates back to the second half of the 18th century. Throughout 1830-1833 it was rebuilt by Iordache Ruset-Roznovanu, member of the Rosetti princely family (rulers of the Moldavia province). During World War I, the palace was the seat of the Romanian government. Today it houses the Iași City Hall and is a listed National Historic...   view more
The National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri"

9) The National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri" (must see)

The Iași National Theatre is the oldest national theatre and one of the most commercially successful in Romania, operational since May 1840. In February 1888, the original theatre building completely burned down. The restoration took two years (1894-1896), and was run by Viennese architects, Fellner and Helmer. The result was a combination of Neoclassic exterior and lavishly decorated interior, featuring a mixture of Rococo and Baroque styles, earning the building the status of one of the most...   view more
Unirii Square

10) Unirii Square (must see)

Piața Unirii (Unification or Union Square) is one of the key gathering spots in Iasi much loved by the local youth and, in some cases, even protesters, owing to whom it sees a lot of action on a regular basis.. The square flanks Stefan cel Mare Boulevard on one end (with the Palace of Culture and Palas Mall flanking it on the opposite end) and is sided by two hotels: Grand Traian Hotel and Unirea...   view more
Union Museum

11) Union Museum

The Muzeul Unirii (Museum of Unification) is housed in a small, neoclassical palace built in the early 19th century. Between 1859 and 1862, it served as the royal residence of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruling prince who united the Romanian Principalities into a single state in 1859. Later on, during World War I, in 1917-1918, the palace also accommodated King Ferdinand during his retreat from Bucharest. The actual museum opened in 1959 marking the centenary of the Romanian state. The museum...   view more
Alexandru Lapusneanu Street

12) Alexandru Lapusneanu Street (must see)

Alexandru Lapusneanu Street is a historic street in Iasi, now made fully pedestrian. During WWI it was a lane leading to the royal palace of King Ferdinand, which prior to that, in 1859-1862, was the residence of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Prince of Moldavia and Wallachia and, subsequently, Ruler of the Romanian Principalities. The street also houses the historic Grand Traian Hotel and one of the first movie theaters in the city, complete with a number of shops, bookstores, cafes and eateries, as well...   view more

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