An iconic monument, the Palace of Culture Iasi was inaugurated in 1925. It has no less than 299 rooms hosting four museums, historical artifacts, art galleries and a large public library, 92 windows in the front part of the building and another 36 inside the building. The Palace has become a symbol of the city and its cultural scene. In the present, the palace is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments.
The building houses the Cultural Heritage Conservation-Restoration Centre, the main branch of the Gheorghe Asachi Iași County Library and hosts various exhibitions and other events.
In front of the neogothic Palace of Culture Iasi, there is a monumental equestrian statue of Stephan the Great, former Prince of Principality of Moldavia.
As a compensation for losing the status of political capital, Iasi has received the honorary title of cultural capital – not only of the Moldavia region but across the country. Iasi is also recognized for its prestigious public university, the oldest higher education institution in Romania.
Palace of Culture Iasi – History
Built in the flamboyant neo-Gothic style, adorned with fantasy-inspired ornaments and heraldic elements, the building is even more awe-inspiring inside, thanks to its vast Gothic marble hall and a room dedicated to Romanian Voivods. The construction of the palace underwent significant delays due to the outbreak of World War I and later served as barracks during World War II.
The communist era left its imprint, as well, as the frescoes of Romanian monarchs were covered with paint. However, since 1906 when the construction of the Palace was initiated on the old ruins of the medieval Royal Court of Moldavia and throughout the ages until today, the Palace of Culture has been an iconic monument, an undeniable landmark and a part of the city’s identity.
The Palace of Culture is inspired by the style of the Palace of Justice in Paris, built in the same date as the Clock Tower of the Palace of Culture from Iasi. A quite interesting fact, known only to a few people is how was the clock adjusted.
In the night of October 11 – 12 1925, the Romanian architect I.D Berindei and his 2 sons spent their time in the tower trying to adjust the clock. In that night The Hora of Unity (Hora Unirii) was heard throughout the city.
New information about Palace of Culture Iasi
After 8 year of rehabilitation, the Palace of Culture Iasi will be opened to public and it can be visited starting from April. From that date, the palace will host art exhibitions. In parallel, until June, experts will house four museums inside the building that will subsequently be open to the public. Until you’ll come to see it you can watch this short video: