Iasi - culture and entertainment

Iasi - culture and entertainment

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Iasi – culture and entertainment

Iasi is the most important political, economic and cultural centre of the province of Moldavia as well as one of the oldest cities in Romania. Located in the northeastern part of the country, Iasi was for many centuries the crossing point of the most important commercial routes linking Poland, Hungary, Russia and Constantinople.Deeply rooted in history, Iasi has been the main centre of Moldavian culture since 1408. The city prides itself with publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first Romanian university. Today, Iasi is home to five universities.


Over the past 500 years, history, culture and religious life have molded the city’s unique character. Iasi boasts an impressive number of Orthodox churches, almost 100, most of them located in the so-called Golden Plateau. The oldest, the Princely Saint Nicholas Church, dates from the reign of Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare, 1457-1504). The finest, however, are the 17th century St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral and Trei Ierarhi Church, the last a curious example of Byzantine art, erected in 1635-1639 by Vasile Lupu. Its outer walls and twin towers are intricately carved in what many think of as stone lace.

The Golden Plateau represents the nucleus of the city, around which the entire settlement developed over the centuries. With the Palace of Culture at one end and the Union Square at the other, the Golden Plateau features churches and princely palaces on both sides of Stefan cel Mare  Boulevard, which runs right through its centre. Many other important sites can be found on nearby streets.

Stefan cel Mare Boulevard 2

Tourism in the city takes place around its heritage of archaeological sites, memorial houses, museums and historical and architectural monuments. Moreover, the folkloric and ethnographic heritage, the nature protection areas, and natural mineral waters as well as the vineyards in the surrounding countryside remain to be discovered. Iasi splendor unfolds in history and today under the “eyes” of the great Palace of Culture, an unique construction which is an effigy of the city of Iasi, and testifies all the changes in history and is and that is an attraction both for people lives here and for foreigners who come to visit Iasi.

Sports and nature

Sports and nature Copou Park has been a favorite place in Iasi for late afternoon strolls or morning walks since the second half of the 17th century. In 1834, Copou became the city's first public garden and in 1860, street lamps were installed for the first time.

Dating from 1856 and covering some 250 acres, Iasi's Botanical Garden is the oldest and largest in Romania An educational and scientific laboratory, the garden houses a precious and rich collection of trees and plants. It also offers numerous shady lanes to explore, rose and orchid gardens, a collection of tropical plants, cacti, carnivorous plants, natural springs and a lake.


Nightlife With Iasi being the temporary home of 70000 students, it’s quite hard to imagine you’ll ever get bored, especially at nighttime, when pubs, cafés and clubs become overcrowded.

A night out in any Romanian town usually starts with friends gathering for a drink in a café or, during summer, on a terrace. Here, you have plenty of choices, from bohemian tea houses to trendy lounges.

If you go towards the University you will find a lot of students wondering around or having great time outside. There are a lot of bars, clubs, coffee shops and pubs where you can chill, have a drink, dance or watch a game. Most popular discos and clubs are full until morning during University periods. So…If Iasi never sleeps, let’s party!

Culture and history

Culture & history Ancient by history and fresh in appearance, elegant and bohemian, old and new, academic and artistic, quiet and troubled at the same time, Iasi is the muse for many artists and writers, the city of lovers for hundreds of generations of students, the place where time settles friends for life.Iasi has been the main center of Moldavian culture since 1408. The city prides itself with publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first Romanian university, nowadays being the second largest university center in the country. Iasi is the forth city in Romania in terms of population.

Over the past 500 years, history, culture and religious life have molded the city’s unique character. Also known as the “city of great love stories”, “city of new beginnings” and “an open air museum”, Iasi is recognized since the 19th century as being the center of the national spirit. Every corner of Iasi evokes a personality, an unique event, a legend, a myth, and if stones could talk, they could tell you about the major events in the political and cultural history of Moldavia.

Residents of this city like to say as often as possible that “Iasi never sleeps”, and this saying is reinforced by all those who visit this place.

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