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The Palace of Culture ::

 
Address: 1, Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfant
Tel: 0040.232.21.83.83
Webcam: online images 


The Palace of Culture, acknowledged as the effigy of the city of Iasi, was built in Neogothic style and as such was one of the last expressions of Romanticism in the official architecture.

 

Although it was not built on top of ancient foundations, as people thought at the beginning of the XX-th century, the Palace was partly built on top of ruins of the Medieval princely courts, mentioned in a document from 1434. The edifice was built between 1906 and 1925, and is the most outstanding work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei, who was trained at the Parisian School.

In spite of its archaic-looking design, the Palace was designed to integrate modern materials and technologies. Thus, the stone blocks were replaced with lighter and much cheaper materials. Besides, some rooms were decorated using a special material licensed by Henri Coanda, under the name of bois-cement, oak wood. Decorative ironmongery elements are also remarkable and they can be admired for instance on the doors of Voivod Hall.

The building was also equipped with high-tech facilities during those times, such as electric lighting, (pneumatic) heating, a ventilation system, thermostat, vacuum cleaners, which were all directed from the machinery room, at the basement level.

The building, inaugurated on October 11, 1925, served as the Palace of Justice until 1955, when its destination was changed, being assigned to the museums nowadays united under the name of Moldova National Museum Complex of Iasi, which houses 4 museums:

- Moldova's History Museum,

- "Stefan Procopiu" Science and Technique Museum,

- The Art Museum,

- The Ethnographic Museum of Moldova.




Ways to get there:
check the public transport http://www.ratp-iasi.ro/planif10.pdf and routes.

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