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Attractions in Iasi

Cetatuia Monastery

1 Cetatuia Street

Cetatuia Monastery was founded by Prince Gheorghe Duca and its construction lasted between 1669 and 1672. It is a Romanian Othodox Monastery and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments. The monastery is located on the top of Cetatuia Hill and it is surrounded by fortifications with towers on the corners. Its uniqueness consists in the fact that the entire ensemble of monastic architecture has been preserved.

Palace of Culture

Stefan cel Mare Square & Sfant 1

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm; closed on Mondays

The magnificent 365-room Palace contains four of the city's most popular museums: the Ethnographic Museum, the Moldavian History Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology and the Museum of Art. The lavish furnishings and magnificent staircase of the entrance lobby can be admired free of charge, but tickets are required for visiting the museums.

Church of the Three Hierarchs

1637 - 1639

62 Stefan cel Mare Street

Open daily between 9 am and 1 pm, and then from 3 pm to 7 pm.

The church is a symbol of the city and it is a definitely must when visiting Iasi. This "stone embroidery" is a mixture of Renaissance, western gothic and Oriental motifs, with the entire exterior covered in delicate patterns sculpted into the stone.

St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral

Stefan cel Mare Boulevard & Sfant 46

Open Monday through Sunday, between 9 am and 8 pm

St. Paraschiva is the largest orthodox curch in Romania. It is an example of Italian Renaissance architecture and has a beautiful interior which was painted in 1887 by Gheorghe Tattarescu, with stained glass windows, completed by a Bavarian factory in Munich.

National Theatre

Agatha Barsescu Street Nr.18

The National Theatre is recognized as one of the most elegant buildings in the country, and has one of the country's most splendid auditoriums. It bears the name of renowned Romanian poet, playwright, politician and diplomat - Vasile Alecsandri (1821-1890).

Museum of Moldova

Housed in the Palace of Culture - Stefan cel Mare Square & Sfant 1

(232) 218.383

Open Tuesday through Sunday, between 10 am and 5 pm; closed on Mondays

This museum is one of the oldest and largest in the country. Divided into 16 rooms, the museum reveals the traditional Moldavian lifestyle, trough displays that include hunting tools, woodwork, traditional pottery, painted eggs and a great collection of textiles and dyed carpets embroidered with bird and plant motifs. The collection of wooden machinery is quite impressive, with 19th century tree-size oil and wine presses.

Natural History Museum

Independentei Boulevard, Nr. 16

(232) 218.337

Open Tuesday through Saturday between 9 am and 4 pm, and Sunday between 10 am and 5 pm; closed on Mondays

The museum is housed in the 18th century Russet House, the place where Alexandru Ioan Cuza was elected Prince of Moldavia in 1859. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in Europe, featuring not less than 50,000 exhibits, illustrating fauna from around the world, including a special section dedicated to Moldavian geology, and a collection of prehistoric fossils containing fragments of mammoth, cave bear and rhinoceros.

Other major attractions in Iasi, include: The Theatre Museum, Science and Technology Museum, Art Museum, Botanical Garden, and nearby Ruginoasa Palace and Cotnari Vineyards, among other.

EuroArt Theatre Festival