Iași: Romania’s cultural capital
My recent work trip to Iași saw me find a welcoming European city full of culture and pretty architecture.
As I said it my last post, it wasn’t a place I’d heard of previously – another reminder of the hidden gems you can find around Europe and beyond.
Here are a few key facts I have since found out about Iași – as well as some pictures from day two of my trip.
- Iași was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia from 1564 to 1859 and later the capital of Romania from 1916 to 1918
- It is known as The Cultural Capital of Romania
- The impressive Roznovanu Palace – which acts as The City Hall – was built in the second half of the 18th century and rebuilt between 1830 and 1833. During World War I, it hosted the Romanian government
The first newspaper in Romanian language was published in 1829 in Iași
- Iași was for many centuries the crossing point of the most important commercial routes linking Poland, Hungary, Russia and Constantinople
- St Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Romania