Are you going to Romania and are you looking for more than just Bucharest and Transylvania? In the northwest of Romania lies a town that’s super cool to visit. I’m talking about Iasi. 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. It’s easy to get here from basically everywhere in Romania. If you go, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and impressive traditions.
So the city of Iasi has achieved quite a lot of things. The city published the first Romanian newspaper and it established the first Romanian university. It’s now home to 5 universities, which is why you could call it a university town. 15 per cent of its population is a student. The most important thing to discuss is what one can do in Iasi.
Listen to impressive songs at the Metropolitan Cathedral
This isn’t the first thing one would think of when planning a trip to Iasi, but that’s exactly why I listed it here. In fact, I didn’t even know this was a thing. I started today by walking around the city for a bit. I saw this huge cathedral that stunned with its white exterior. On the front, there’s a beautiful mosaic as well. I heard voices coming from the inside, so I decided to go in. There were 4 men with the most beautiful voices singing! It was very crowded on the inside and everyone was praying. Even if nobody is singing, I still recommend going in. The inside is so fine.
Pay a visit to the Palace of Culture
This must be the most famous sight in Iasi. It’s home to 4 museums, together known under the name ‘Moldova National Museum Complex’. The four museums are the Art Museum, Moldova’s History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Moldova and the Science and Technology Museum. Admission isn’t expensive. Entrance to these museums is 40 lei. If you’re not a museum lover, do go inside. The hall in which the admission office is located is stunning (and free to enter).
Go on a church tour
The amount of churches and cathedrals in Iasi seems to be endless. There are so many, that one can spend an entire day visiting them. I decided to give this a go. It’s easy to go by foot as all the churches are quite close. Do keep in mind that shorts aren’t allowed while entering some of the churches and it would be a shame if you missed out on the beauty on the inside.
Attend the International Festival of Folklore
This was the biggest surprise to me. As I walked into the huge mall in the city centre, I heard children’s voices. I took a closer look and it turned it was a festival with folklore singing and dancing from everywhere in Europe! It was amazing to see as I could tell they really tried to tell a story.