Palace of Culture, Iasi, Romania
Have you ever heard of the Palace of Culture from Romania? Well, if you didn’t you should definitely read this article and go visit it.
Built on the old ruins of the medieval Royal Court of Moldavia, the construction of the Palace of Culture started in 1906 and it was completed in 1925.
Designed in Neo-Gothic style by the Romanian architect I.D. Berindei, the Palace of Culture is the symbol of the capital of Moldavia, Iasi. The inauguration was on 11 October 1925 by King Ferdinand of Romania.
The historical monument has 298 rooms and spread on an area of over 390.000 square feet. Also, it features 92 windows in the front part of the building and another 36 inside it. The palace is embellished with dragons, lions, griffons and 2-headed eagles.
The building hosts 4 museums :
– The Museum of Art;
– The Museum of Ethnography;
– The Museum of Science and Technology.
With more than 8.000 paintings (1.000 of them belong to the national patrimony), the Art Museum has the largest collection in Romania.
The Ethnographic Museum has an impressive collection of 11.000 pieces and also coordinates the Wine and Vineyard Museum in Harlau.
The objects owns by the Moldavia’s History Museum varies from decorative art, to ancient books, documents, to archaeology etc. The Museum owns one of the oldest items, which is a 70.000-year-old mammoth skull from Middle Palaeolithic Era. You may have heard about the pottery from the Cucuteni culture. The Museum of History expands by coordinating the Al.I.Cuza Memorial Palace in Ruginoasa and the Archaeological Reserve of Cucuteni.
If you are in Iasi, Romania and decided to visit the Palace of Culture, but you’re not that interested in the history,but more about the shopping, don’t worry. On May 31, 2012, one of the biggest shopping malls was inaugurated in Iasi, right near the Palace of Culture. The Palas Iasi mall with parks, green spaces and with an underground parking with almost 2.500 seats, is now the newest attraction in the city. It’s a shame though. Build a shopping mall next to a monument that is so important to our history. It takes away all the attention. I enjoy my walks on the green spaces that spread a refreshing smell, but it makes me sad everytime I look at the building and see what it became.
At night, the views are amazing. It’s quiet. For a while. You can just sit in the grass, meditating, but don’t make it a long one. If you don’t mind hearing the noises that tuned cars make. The ‘bad boys’ from Iasi are gathering in front of the Palace of Culture and just show off.
If you think this doesn’t deserve to visit, on 02 June 2012, 12.700 chinesse sky lanterns were launched in the air, smashing the previous indian record from 2010. This brought Iasi into Guiness Book.
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