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Sighisoara Fortress

Sighisoara, judetul Mures

Sighisoara is a medieval fortress with architectural ensembles made in rural Gothic style, but also in Renaissance and Baroque styles, which are the result of a constructive effort appeared later in t [read more]

Cetate, Categoria: Istoric
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Barsana Monastery

judetul Maramures, Maramures

The Monastery “Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles" from Barsana is a convent, located at 22 km southeast of the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at the exit of Barsana, to the Slatioara bridge, where t [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios | Biserica, Categoria: Religios
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Voronet Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Founded by Stefan cel Mare, Voronet Monastery church dedicated to "St. Gheorghe" is a synthesis of Byzantine and Gothic elements, made in an original manner. With a brilliant ingenuity, with [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA)

Delta Dunarii, judetul Tulcea

With Romania's adhesion to the Ramsar Convention in 1991, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBRA) was recognized as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. Taking into ac [read more]

Parc, Categoria: Natura
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Humor Monastery

Gura Humorului, judetul Suceava

Situated at a distance of 5 to 6 km of Gura Humorului, Humor Monastery is one of the most famous foundations of the Romanian Middle Ages. It was built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog, member of the divan of [read more]

Manastire, Categoria: Religios
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Hurezi (Horezu) Monastery

Horezu, judetul Valcea

Among the historical monasteries, which decorates the Romanian ground, Hurezi Monastery is considered, along with its hermitages, the most representative architecture complex, defining the Brancoveanu [read more]

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Palace of Culture

Iasi, judetul Iasi

Phone0232 275979, int.141
0232 218383
AddressPiata Stefan cel Mare si Sfant, 1
Fax0232 218383


The Palace of Culture - its inauguration took place in 1926. On June 5, 1883, Iasi enjoyed the celebration of unveiling the statue of Stefan cel Mare. Since then, in front of the Palace stands the statue of Stefan cel Mare, made in Paris in accordance to the sketches of Gh.Asachi. In the same year, King Carol I donated two Krupp towers to the palace, trophies in the War of Independence.

The watch tower near the palace is a relict of the Royal Court and in the central tower is found the clock with carillon, consisting of a set of eight bells which reproduce every hour, Hora Unirii (Union Hora). The dimension and the famous settlement of halls, paintings which decorate the palace, are impressive even today.

In 1955, Regional People's Council dedicated its headquarters in the Administration Palace, which had to bring the new name: the Palace of Culture. The Old Administration Palace, then replaced by the Palace of Culture in 1954, became a museum, hosting: the History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Moldova which shows the main traditional occupations: agriculture, viticulture, animal husbandry as well as collections of pottery and masks and traditional costumes of 100 years old.

The Art Museum is formed of Romanian and European art galleries, paintings signed by the great personalities of Romanian painting: Grigorescu, Pallady, Luchian, Aman, Petrascu, Andreescu or Tonitza. A splendid painted ceramics from Cucuteni culture is displayed in the History Museum collection of the Palace of Culture, offering the visitor the artistic richness of the Neolithic Age throughout the county of Iasi.

The celebrity of the palace is increased by the Gothic hall of the Palace, where is a French-inspired mosaic with griffins, eagles and lions two-man, but also the Voivod room with medallions, portraits of princes of Moldova and kings of Romania. In the east wing, the Royal Palace in Iasi is endowed with a valuable library.

The construction of the palace lasted 2 decades, being built by Al. Moruzzi (1806-1812) and rebuilt by Mihai Sturza (1841-1843). Currently, the Palace houses the headquarters of the Moldova National Museum Complex. The present building hasn't much in common with the old palace. It aims to repeat the old forms of communal palaces, always endowed with a monumental tower, the architect working in Gothic style manner.

The bronze statue of Stefan cel Mare completes the cadre that evokes the history of his moments of heroism and dramatic tension.
The initial project mentioned the structure of 365 rooms. The paneling and some internal decorations were made of a material invented by Henri Coanda, called boisciment. The palace is a testament to the tumultuous past, the stormy years so far away in the past and the well-known endowment of the former capital from Bahlui bank.

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