Ausflüge in Iasi-East Romania: You will enjoy a few pleasant hours in one of the largest cities in Romania. You will enter the city’s bohemian atmosphere present, mostly, in the old part of the town and you will also witness the animated occidental lifestyle.
The tour starts at one of the most impressive buildings of the city, the Palace of Culture, where you can observe its flamboyant neogothic style and admire the beautiful garden behind the Palace. Next, the tour guide will take you to a walk along the main historical street of the city: Stefan cel Mare, where you’ll visit and find out information about the National Theatre Vasile Alecsandri. The building is a true architectonic jewel with a one of the most amazing theatre halls in the world, beautifully decorated with an iron curtain painted by Al. Goltz, rococo crystal Venice chandelier with 109 bulbs and the ceiling depicts Edenic parables representing angles and nymphs.
Next we will visit two of the most imposing religious symbols of Iasi: Three Hierarchs Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. We will continue with a visit to the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” Library, one of the most majestic libraries in the world. According to Bored Panda this library is considered to be amongst libraries like New York Public Library, The City Library from Stuttgart, Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura from Rio de Janeiro.
Next, you’ll be introduced in the most important place of the city history, the Union Square, where the Romanian Union in 1859 was first celebrated. Now, you have 1 hour and 30 minutes free time for lunch that you may serve at a restaurant recommended by us (Bolta Rece), or at the restaurant of your own choice. In the second part of the tour you will admire a beautiful view over the whole city from the tower of the Golia Monastery. Copou Hill, with its University (first in Romania) and Botanical Garden will complete your day in the cultural capital of Moldavia.
The tour will end with a marvelous view over the city from Cetatuia hill where we will also visit the monastery with the same name surrounded by fortifications with towers on the corners.
The Palace of Culture – This remarkable construction inaugurated in 1929 by Ferdinand of Hohenzollern was built on the ruins of a medieval royal court dating from 1434. The Palace has a flamboyant neogothic style, with ornamental details and heraldic elements outside. Today, the Palace of Culture houses 4 of the city’s museums: the Moldavian History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Technology.
The Metropolitan Cathedral - Built in the Italian Renaissance style (1883 – 1888), the St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Romania. The vast interior was painted by Gheorghe Tatarescu and the stained glass windows were completed by a Bavarian factory in Munich. Since 1889, the Metropolitan Cathedral had sheltered the relics of St. Paraschiva from Constantinopole.
The Three Hierarchs Church – Constructed between 1637-1639, the current monastery has a stunning ornate decoration: the entire exterior is covered in delicate and intricate patterns sculpted into the stone and spread over 30 friezes. This "stone embroidery" is a mixture of western gothic, Renaissance and Oriental motifs. The interior boasts the tombs of a number of famous Romanians, including the founder of this church, Vasile Lupu, Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Prince Dimitrie Cantemir.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: Daily at 10am.
End/closing time: At 6pm.
Languages: English. French on request.
Others: Alternative in case of conditions which affect the activity operation. In case of bad weather conditions, if the guide decides that the tour cannot be done, the client can reschedule the tour the following day. If the client is unable to attend the following day, a full refund will be made at the travel agency from where the service was purchased. The participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes. When booking, please inform the travel agent about your phone number (international format) and the hotel where you have accommodation, so that the local guide has your contact and pick up point information. Please be advised that in case you are late, the guide will wait a maximum of 15 minutes. Personal expenses, photo and filming fees, gratuities are NOT INCLUDED.