Iași ( , , ), also referred to as Jassy,
is the second largest city in Romania
and the seat of Iași County
. Located in the historical region of Moldavia
, Iași has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life. The city was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia
from 1564 to 1859, then of the United Principalities
from 1859 to 1862, and the capital of Romania
from 1916 to 1918.
Known as ''The Cultural Capital of Romania'', Iași is a symbol in Romanian history. The historian Nicolae Iorga
said "There should be no Romanian who does not know of it". Still referred to as ''The Moldavian Capital'', Iași is the main economic and business centre of the Moldavian region
of Romania. In December 2018, Iași was officially declared ''Historical capital of Romania''.
At the 2011 census, the city proper had a population of 290,422 (making it the fourth most populous
in Romania at the time). With 500,668 residents (), the Iași urban area
is the second most populous in Romania (after Bucharest),
whereas more than 500,000 people live within its peri-urban area
Home to the oldest Romanian university
and to the first engineering school
, Iași is one of the most important education and research centres of the country, and accommodates over 60,000 students in 5 public universities.
[Metropolitan Area Iași](_blank)
The social and cultural life revolves around the Vasile Alecsandri National Theater
(the oldest in Romania), the Moldova State Philharmonic
, the Opera House
, the Iași Athenaeum
, a famous Botanical Garden
(the oldest and largest in Romania), the Central University Library
(the oldest in Romania), the high quality cultural centres and festivals, an array of museums, memorial houses, religious and historical monuments. The city is also known as the site of the largest Romanian pilgrimage which takes place each year, in October.
Etymology and names
Scholars have different theories on the origin of the name "Iași". Some argue that the name originates with the Sarmatian
(of Iranian origin), one mentioned by Ovid
as la|"Ipse vides onerata ferox ut ducata Iasyx/ Per media Histri plaustra bubulcus aquas" and "Iazyges et Colchi Metereaque turba Getaque/ Danubii mediis vix prohibentur aquis".
A now lost inscription on a Roman
milestone found near Osijek
, Croatia by Matija Petar Katančić
in the 18th century, mentions the existence of a Jassiorum municipium
, or ''Municipium Dacorum-Iassiorum'' from other sources.
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Other explanations show that the name originated from the Iranian Alanic
tribe of Jassi, having same origin with Yazyges tribes Jassic people
. In medieval times the Prut river was known as ''Alanus fluvius'' and the city as ''Forum Philistinorum''. From this population derived the plural of town name, "Iașii".
Another historian wrote that the Iasians lived among the Cumans and that they left the Caucasus after the first Mongolian campaign in the West, settling temporarily near the Prut. He asserts that the ethnic name of Jasz which is given to Iasians by Hungarians has been erroneously identified with the Jazyges; also he shows that the word jasz is a Slavic loan word. The Hungarian name of the city (''Jászvásár'') literally means "Jassic Market"; the antiquated Romanian name, ''Târgul Ieșilor'' (and the once-favoured ''Iașii''), and the German ''Jassenmarkt'', may indicate the same meaning.
Archaeological investigations attest to the presence of human communities on the present territory of the city and around it as far back as the prehistoric age.
Later settlements included those of the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture
, a late Neolithic archaeological culture
There is archaeological evidence of human settlements in the area of Iași dating from the 6th to 7th centuries (Curtea Domnească) and 7th to 10th centuries; these settlements contained rectangular houses with semicircular ovens. Also, many of the vessels (9th–11th centuries) found in Iași had a cross, potentially indicating that the inhabitants were Christians.
In 1396, Iași is mentioned by the German crusader Johann Schiltberger
(a participant in the Battle of Nicopolis
). The name of the city is first found in an official document in 1408. This is a grant of certain commercial privileges by the Moldavian Prince Alexander
to the Polish merchants of Lvov
. However, as buildings older than 1408 still exist, e.g. the Armenian Church believed to be originally built in 1395, it is certain that the city existed before its first surviving written mention.
Capital of Moldavia
Around 1564, Prince Alexandru Lăpușneanu
moved the Moldavian capital from Suceava
to Iași. Between 1561 and 1563, a school and a Lutheran
church were founded by the Greek
adventurer Prince, Ioan Iacob Heraclid
In 1640, Vasile Lupu
established the first school in which the Romanian language replaced Greek, and set up a printing press in the Byzantine Trei Ierarhi Monastery
(''Monastery of the Three Hierarchs
''; built 1635–39). Between 15 September - 27 October 1642, the city hosted the Synod of Iași
(also referred to as the Synod of Jassy).
In 1643, the first volume ever printed in Moldavia
was published in Iași.
The city was often burned down and looted by the Tatars
(in 1513, 1574, 1577, 1593), by the Ottomans
in 1538, the Cossacks
and Tartars (1650), or the Poles
In 1734, it was hit by the plague
. The city was also affected by famine (1575, 1724, 1739–1740), or large local fires (1725, 1735, 1753, 1766, 1785), propagated by many buildings that were built on wooden structures.
It was through the Treaty of Jassy
that the sixth Russo-Turkish War
was brought to a close in 1792. A Greek revolutionary manoeuvre and occupation under Alexander Ypsilanti
(Αλέξανδρος Υψηλάντης) and the Filiki Eteria
(Φιλική Εταιρία) (1821, at the beginning of the Greek War of Independence
) led to the storming of the city by the Turks in 1822. In 1844 a severe fire affected much of the city.
Mid–19th century to 20th century
Between 1564 and 1859, the city was the capital of Moldavia; then, between 1859 and 1862, both Iași and Bucharest
were de facto capitals of the United Principalities
of Moldavia and Wallachia. In 1862, when the union of the two principalities was recognised under the name of ''Romania'', the national capital was established in Bucharest. For the loss caused to the city in 1861 by the removal of the seat of government to Bucharest the constituent assembly
voted 148,150 lei
to be paid in ten annual instalments, but no payment was ever made.
During World War I
, Iași was the capital of a much reduced Romania for two years, following the Central Powers
' occupation of Bucharest on 6 December 1916. The capital was returned to Bucharest after the defeat of Imperial Germany
and its allies in November 1918. In November–December 1918 Iași hosted the Iași Conference
Iași also figures prominently in Jew
ish history, with the first documented presence of Sephardi Jews
from the late 16th century. The oldest tomb inscription in the local cemetery probably dates to 1610.
By the mid-19th century, owing to widespread Russian Jewish
and Galician Jewish immigration
into Moldavia, the city was at least one-third Jewish.
In 1855, Iași was the home of the first-ever Yiddish
-language newspaper, ''Korot Haitim'', and, in 1876, the site of what was arguably the first-ever professional Yiddish theatre
performance, established by Avraham Goldfaden
. The words of HaTikvah
, the national anthem of Israel, were written in Iași by Naftali Herz Imber
. Jewish musicians in Iași played an important role as preservers of Yiddish folklore, as performers and composers.
According to the 1930 census, with a population of 34,662 (some 34% of the city's population), Jews were the second largest ethnic group in Iași. There were over 127 synagogue
After World War II
, in 1947, there were about 38,000 Jews living in Iași. Because of massive emigration to Israel, in 1975 there were about 3,000 Jews living in Iași and four synagogues were active.
Currently, Iași has a dwindling Jewish population of ca. 300 to 600 members and two working synagogues, one of which, the 1671 Great Synagogue
, is the oldest surviving synagogue
World War II
During the war, while the full scale of the Holocaust
remained generally unknown to the Allied Powers
, the Iași pogrom
stood as one of the known examples of Axis
brutality toward the Jews. The pogrom lasted from 29 June to 6 July 1941, and over 13,266 people,
The Iași Pogrom
at Radio Romania International
quotes 13,266 or 14,850 Jews killed.
or one third of the Jewish population, were massacred in the pogrom itself or in its aftermath, and many were deported.
In May 1944, the Iași area became the scene of ferocious fighting between Romanian-German
forces and the advancing Soviet Red Army
and the city was partially destroyed. The German Panzergrenadier Division ''Großdeutschland''
won a defensive victory at the Battle of Târgu Frumos
, near Iași, which was the object of several NATO
studies during the Cold War
. By 20 August, Iași had been taken by Soviet forces.
Iași suffered heavy damage due to Soviet (June-July 1941, June 1944) and American (June 1944) airstrikes, respectively. The bombing of Soviet aviation and artillery on 20 August 1944, resulted in more than 5,000 civilian deaths and the destruction of two-thirds of the city.
Post-World War II era
Iași experienced a major wave of industrialisation, in 1955–1989.
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During this period of time, it received numerous migrants from rural regions, and the urban area expanded. In the communist era
, Iași saw a growth of 235% in population and 69% in area. The local systematization plans of the old city started in 1960 and continued in the 1970s and 1980s as part of the larger national systematization
program; however, the urban planning was sometimes arbitrary and followed by dysfunctions.
["The Spatial Evolution of Iași City: Tradition and Trends" by O. Stoleriu and C. Stoleriu]
By 1989, Iași had become highly industrialised, with 108,000 employees (representing 47% of the total workforce) active in 46 large state-owned enterprise
s, in various industries: machine building and heavy equipment, chemical, textile, pharmaceutical, metallurgical, electronics, food, energy, building materials, furniture.
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After the end of communist rule
and the transition to a free market economy, the private sector has grown steadily, while much of the old industry gradually decayed.
Located in the North-East of Romania, at the contact between the Jijia Plain
and the Bârlad Plateau
, Iași used to be the crossroads place of the historic trade routes that passed through Moldavia coming from the Kingdom of Poland
, Habsburg Monarchy
, Tsardom of Russia
, and Constantinople
The city lies on the Bahlui River
valley, a tributary of the Jijia River
(tributary of the Prut River
). The surrounding country is one of uplands and woods, featuring monasteries and parks. Iași itself stands amid vineyards and gardens, partly on hills, partly in the in-between valley.
The central part of the city is located on the fluvial terrace of the Bahlui River (the so-called Palat Terrace). From this nucleus, the city evolved after the medieval times toward south and north on the Bahlui River floodplain and on the adjacent hills. The southern part of the city lies on the Iași Ridge
( ro|Coasta Iașilor) (the northernmost hill of the Bârlad Plateau). Considering the present day extension of the administrative boundaries, the city territory has an altitudinal extension of , between the 34.5 m a.s.l.
(113.19 ft) in the Bahlui River floodplain, at the Holboca bridge, and 354.77 m a.s.l. (1,163.94 ft), at the edge of the Repedea Hill
It is a common belief that Iași is built on seven hills ( ro|coline): Breazu, Bucium, Cetățuia, Copou, Galata, Repedea and Șorogari, thus triggering comparisons with Rome
Iași has a humid, continental-type
climate (Köppen climate classification
"Dfb" — summer wetter than winter, European subtype) with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm with temperatures sometimes exceeding while winters are cold and windy with moderate snowfall and temperatures at night sometimes dropping below . Average monthly precipitation ranges from about in October to in June.
Iași features historical monuments, 500-year-old churches and monasteries, contemporary architecture, many of them listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments in Romania|National Register of Historic Monuments
. Notable architecture includes the Trei Ierarhi Monastery
, part of the tentative list
of UNESCO World Heritage Site
, or the neo-Gothic Palace of Culture
, built on the old ruins of the mediaeval Princely Court of Moldavia.
During World War II
and the Communist era
many historical buildings in the old city centre (around Union Square area) were destroyed or demolished, and replaced by International style
buildings and also a new mainly Mid-Century modern
style Civic Centre
was built around the Old Market Square (The Central Hall).
The mid-1990s to early-2000s brought the first non-industrial glass curtain walled
buildings (Romtelecom, Hotel Europa), while in 2012, in close proximity to the Palace of Culture, the Palas
shopping mall and office complex was inaugurated.
, now the Union Museum]]
Other significant buildings include:
* Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
main building (1897), a mixture of the Neoclassical
styles, houses the famous ''Hall of the Lost Footsteps'' where one can admire the works of the painter Sabin Bălașa
* "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theatre
, built between 1894 and 1896 in Neoclassic style with Baroque and Rococo
inspired painted and sculpted ornaments;
* Dosoftei House
, a building from the second half of the 17th century in which in 1679, the metropolitan bishop Dosoftei settled the second typography in Moldavia. With three façades, arched and right-angled windows, the edifice was restored between 1966 and 1969. It houses the department of old literature of the Romanian Literature Museum;
* Roznovanu Palace
(The City Hall), second half of the 18th century, rebuilt between 1830 and 1833, it hosted the Romanian government during World War I
* Union Museum
, 1806, Empire style
, the palace served as the royal residence of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza
between 1859 and 1862 and in 1917–1918, during World War I, as the royal residence of king Ferdinand
* Pogor House
, 1850, a meeting place for the city intellectuals, the headquarters of Literary Society Junimea
(1863) and of the Convorbiri Literare
(Literary Interlocutions) magazine (1867), houses the Romanian Literature Museum;
* Luceafărul Theatre
, 1987, a unique modern building in Romania;
* Central University Library
, 1934, incorporates Greek Revival
* Great Railway Station
, 1870, inspired by Venetian Doge's Palace
Iași is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina
, and of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Iași
. The city and the surrounding area house more than 10 monasteries and 100 historical churches.
Among the oldest is Princely Saint Nicholas
(1491), dating from the reign of Stephen the Great
, and the Metropolitan Cathedral
is the largest of its kind in Romania. The Trei Ierarhi Monastery
, a unique monument, considered to be an architectural masterpiece, was erected in 1635–1639 by Vasile Lupu, and adorned with gilded carvings on its outer walls and twin towers.
* Metropolitan Cathedral
(1839/1886), the largest Orthodox
church in Romania, a late Renaissance style
, with Baroque elements and Gheorghe Tattarescu
paintings, it contains the relics of Saint Paracheva (sometimes known colloquially in English as Saint Friday);
[St. Paraskeve Pilgrimage Centre](_blank)
* Golia Monastery
, 1564, rebuilt in 1650 in late-Renaissance style with Byzantine frescoes and intricately carved doorways, is a monumental construction, a monastery in the middle of the city, surrounded by tall walls, with corner turrets, and a height bell tower;
* Old Catholic Cathedral
, 1782, in Baroque style, and New Catholic Cathedral
* Armenian Church
, built in 1395, testifies the existence of an important Armenian community in these parts of Romania;
* Great Synagogue
, in late Baroque style, built in 1657–1671, is the oldest surviving synagogue
in Romania and one of the oldest in Europe.
Other examples of historic churches and monasteries (some of them surrounded by defence walls and towers) include: Socola
(1582), Saint Sava
(1726), Saint Spiridon
(1747), Old Metropolitan Cathedral
(1843 with 18th-century bell tower), Bucium
File:Biserica Armeana Iasi 03.JPG|Armenian Church
File:Biserica Barnovschi02.JPG|Barnovschi Church
File:Golia25.JPG|Golia Church architectural elements
File:Mănăstirea Cetăţuia25.jpg|Moldavian princely palace at Cetățuia Monastery
File:Manastirea Frumoasa 01.JPG|Frumoasa Monastery
File:Catedrala veche din Iasi41.jpg|St. George Church (Old Metropolitan Cathedral)
The city has become a major Christian pilgrimage site since the early modern period
. In 1641, the relics of Saint Parascheva
were brought to Iași. Each year, around 14 October, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gather to commemorate Saint Parascheva, while the city itself established its Celebration Days at the same time. The October pilgrimage is one of the largest in Europe, drawing people all over Romania as well as from neighboring Orthodox countries.
During the entire year, pilgrimages to Iași can also involve visits to a large number of religious sites, both within and around the city.
Gardens, parks and natural landmarks
Iași has a diverse array of public spaces, from city squares to public parks.
Begun in 1833, at the time when Iași was the capital of Moldavia
, by Prince Mihail Sturdza
and under the plans of Gheorghe Asachi and Mihail Singurov, Copou Park
was integrated into the city and marks one of the first Romanian coordinated public parks. The oldest monument in Romania stands in the middle of the park, the Obelisk of Lions
(1834), a tall obelisk
, dedicated to the ''Regulamentul Organic
'', the first law on political, administrative and juridical organisation in Romanian Principalities.
Founded in 1856, the Botanical Garden of Iași
, the first botanical garden in Romania, has an area of over 100 hectares, and more than 10,000 species of plants.
Iași Exhibition Park
was opened in 1923 and built under the co-ordination of the architect N. Ghica Budești
The Ciric Park
, located in the north-eastern part of Iași, consists of parkland and four lakes.
Eminescu's Linden Tree
( ro|Teiul lui Eminescu) is a 500-year-old silver lime (''Tilia tomentosa Moench'') situated in Copou Park
. Mihai Eminescu
reportedly wrote some of his best works underneath this lime, rendering the tree one of Romania's most important natural monument
s and a notable Iași landmark. The Odd Poplers Alley
, in Bucium neighbourhood, is another spot where Mihai Eminescu sought inspiration (the poem "Down Where the Lonely Poplars Grow"). In 1973, the 15 white poplars still left (with the age ranges between 233 and 371 years) were declared natural monuments.
Iași County has 387 centuries-old trees, of which 224 were declared monument trees and 160 got the Romanian Academy
's approval and are proposed for such a classification. Most of them are oak or linden trees. The oldest tree in the county is the 675-year-old hybrid lime tree located in the courtyard of Bârnova Monastery
, in the vicinity of Iași. When the lime was about 57 years old and about in diameter, Iași was mentioned as an urban settlement, during the reign of Prince Alexander the Good
, Iași is the country's second most populous city after Bucharest
with 378,954 residents registered
within the city limits,
and with a population of 500,668 residents, the Iași urban area
is also the second largest in Romania.
At the 2011 census
, Iași was the fourth most populous Romanian city
with a population of 290,422.
The metropolitan area association
(which includes Iași and 19 other nearby communities) had a population of 403,572, while Iași County
, with its 772,348 inhabitants, was the most populous county
in Romania (after the Municipality of Bucharest). Additionally there were 60,000 more residents (mostly students) and thousands of daily commuters.
According to the 2002 census, in Iași there were 109,357 housing units and 320,888 people living within the city proper. Of this population, 98.5% were ethnic Romanians
, while 0.59% were ethnic Romani
, 0.13% Jews
, 0.13% Greeks
, 0.13% Lipovans
, 0.08% Hungarians
, 0.05% Germans
and 0.39% others.
In terms of religion, 92.5% of the population were Christian Orthodox
, 4.9% Roman Catholic
, other religious groups 2.6%. There are currently almost 10,000 Roman Catholics living in Iași. There is a debate between historians as to whether the Catholics are originally of Romanian or Hungarian descent.
Iași is an important economic centre in Romania. The local and regional economy relies on industry
and service sector
institutions and establishments. The most important service sectors are related to education, health care, banking, research, culture, government and tourism.
The city is an important information technology
sector centre, with the presence of several large multinational companies (Amazon
) and many other local and foreign companies such as Bentley Systems
, or TiVo
(to name a few), as well as two universities which offer specific degree programs. Industry forecasts expect the Iași ITC workforce to grow from the current 16,000 (end of 2016) employees to more than 33,000, by 2030.
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An estimated workforce of more than 35,000 employees is active in Iași's industrial manufacturing
sector, particularly in automotive (Delphi
, Conex Distribution), pharmaceutical industry (Antibiotice Iași
, Fiterman Pharma, Ircon SRL), metallurgical production (ArcelorMittal
, Technosteel LBR), aerospace (BMT Aerospace
), industrial equipment (Agmus, ASAM, Fortus), energy (E.ON Moldova Distribuție
, Veolia Energie
), textiles and clothing (Benetton
, Iași Conf, Iașitex), home appliances (Tehnoton
), building materials (Brikston, Build Corp), food (Compan, Panifcom, Zeelandia).
Located in an area recognised for its vineyards and wines, Iași is part of a traditional wine region
with viticultural centres surrounding the city: Copou, Bucium, Uricani, Comarna, Plugari, and Probota. Iași County is also home to renowned Cotnari
With large shopping malls and commercial centres located in the area, Iași also has a well-developed retail
Politics and administration
The city's current local council has the following multi-party political composition, based on the results of the ballots cast at the 2020 Romanian local elections
performed in 1847, nowadays Moldova State Philharmonic
Major events in the political and cultural history of Moldavia are connected with the name of the city of Iași. The great scholars of the 17th century, Grigore Ureche
, Miron Costin
and later Ion Neculce
, wrote most of their works in the city or not far from it and the famous scholar Dimitrie Cantemir
known throughout all Europe also linked his name to the capital of Moldavia.
The first newspaper in Romanian language was published in 1829 in Iași and it is in Iași where, in 1867, appeared under literary society Junimea
, the Convorbiri Literare
review in which Ion Creangă
’s Childhood Memories
and the best poems by Mihai Eminescu
were published. The reviews Contemporanul
and Viața Românească
appeared in 1871, respectively in 1906 with great contributions to promoting Romanian national cultural values.
Many great personalities of Romanian culture are connected to Iași: the chronicler Nicolae Milescu
, the historians and politicians Mihail Kogălniceanu
and Simion Bărnuțiu
, the poets Vasile Alecsandri
and George Topârceanu
, the writers Mihail Sadoveanu
, Alecu Russo
, and Ionel Teodoreanu
, the literary critic Titu Maiorescu
, the historian A.D. Xenopol
, the philosophers Vasile Conta
and Petre Andrei
, the sociologist Dimitrie Gusti
, the geographer Emil Racoviță
and the painter Octav Băncilă
, only to name a few.
Theatres and orchestras
The Iaşi National Theatre|Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre
, opened in 1840, is the first National Theatre in Romania. The building, designed according to the plans of the Viennese architects Hermann Helmer
and Ferdinand Fellner
, was raised between 1894 and 1896, and also hosts, starting 1956, the Iași Romanian National Opera
Iași is also home to:
*Moldova State Philharmonic Orchestra
(also known as Tătărași Athenaeum)
*Ludic Student Theatre
Iași is home to many museums, memorial houses, art galleries.
First memorial museum from Romania opened in Iași in 1918, as the Ion Creangă
Memorial House, and today thIași Romanian Literature Museum
owns fourteen memorial houses. The Mihai Eminescu
Museum, situated in Copou Park
, is dedicated to the great poet's life and creation; other museums are dedicated to: Dosoftei
, Mihail Kogălniceanu
, Vasile Pogor
, Nicolae Gane
, Petru Poni
, Mihai Codreanu
, Mihail Sadoveanu
, George Topîrceanu
, Otilia Cazimir
, Radu Cernătescu
, Cezar Petrescu
, Dimitrie Anghel
The Theatre Museum
, opened in 1976, at the celebration of 160 years since the first theatrical performance in Romanian, illustrates the development of the theatrical phenomenon since the beginning, important moments of the history of Iași National Theatre, the foundation, in 1840, of the Philharmonic-dramatic Conservatoire, prestigious figures that have contributed to the development of the Romanian theatre.
The Union Museum
, includes original pieces and documents which belonged to prince Al. I. Cuza
and his family.
The Natural History Museum
, founded on 4 February 1834, is the first museum of this kind in Romania with over 300,000 items, the most valuable being the collections of insects, mollusc, amphibians, reptiles, birds, plants and minerals.
Four other museums are located in the Palace of Culture
: with its roots dating back to 1860, the ''Iași Art Museum'' is the oldest of its kind in Romania, and, with more than 8,700 works (many of them belonging to the universal patrimony), has the largest art collection in the country; the ''Moldavia's History Museum'', offers more than 48,000 objects from various fields, archaeology, numismatics, decorative art, ancient books, documents; the ''Ethnographic Museum of Moldavia'' owns more than 13,000 objects depicting the Romanian advance through the ages; the ''Science and Technology Museum's'' collection has more than 11,200 objects in five distinct sections and one memorial house.
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Foreign culture centres
Iași hosts six cultural centres: French
, Latin American
, and Arab
Cultural events and festivals
(''International Festival of Literature and Translation'') is a yearly literature and translation festival organised through the Iași Museum of Romanian Literature, begun in 2013;
(''International Education Festival''), launched in 2013, is a mix of cultural and educative events;
* ''International Theatre Festival for Young Audience'' was launched in 2008 and it is hosted each October by Luceafărul Theatre
* Since 2010 aSFR
Romanian Film Nights) are presented films from different periods of Romanian cinema, as well as new films, debut films or short films, with the invitation of actors, directors, scriptwriters and film critics in the projection;
* Started in 2017Afterhills
is the biggest music festival in Moldavia. Other music festivalsRock'n'Iași
since 2007 anRocanotherworld
is an aeronautics and art festival organised each year in May;
Live music and different other artistic events (poetry nights, readings) are a habitual occurrence in the various bars and coffee shops the city has to offer.
thumb|left|Central University Library
The first institute of higher learning that functioned on the territory of Romania was Academia Vasiliană
(1640) founded by Prince Vasile Lupu
as a "higher school for Latin and Slavonic languages", followed by the Princely Academy
The first high education structure in Romanian language
was established in the autumn of 1813, when engineer Gheorghe Asachi
laid the foundations of a class of engineers, its activities taking place within the Greek
After 1813, other moments marked the development of higher education in Romanian language, regarding both humanities
and the technical science. In 1835, Academia Mihăileană
founded by Prince Mihail Sturdza
is considered first Romanian superior institute in the country.
In 1860, three faculties part of the Academia Mihăileană formed the nucleus for the newly established University of Iași
, the first Romanian university.
The Physicians and Naturalists Society
, founded in Iași, has existed since the early part of the 19th century, and a number of periodicals are published. One of the oldest medical universities in Romania, founded in 1879, is located in Iași. It is now known as the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy
In 1937, the two applied science
sections of the University of Iași became departments of the newly created Gheorghe Asachi Polytechnic School
. In the period before and after World War II
, the later (renamed ''Polytechnic Institute'' in 1948) extended its domain of activity, especially in the field of engineering, and became known as Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in 1993.
Public universities include:
* Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
- situated in Copou, is the oldest higher education institution in Romania;
* Gheorghe Asachi Technical University
– the school with the oldest engineering tradition in Romania;
* Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy
– one of the oldest medicine schools in Romania;
* George Enescu National University of Arts
– the oldest tradition in music and arts education in Romania;
* Ion Ionescu de la Brad University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
– one of the oldest schools of its kind.
There are also some private higher education institutions including Petre Andrei University
, the largest private university in the historical region of Moldavia.
The Central University Library of Iași
, where the chief records of Romanian history are preserved, is the oldest and the second largest in Romania.
, Iași has 74 public schools
, coordinated by the Iași County School Inspectorate
. The city is also home to 19 private schools.
Notable high schools:
* Iași National College
* Costache Negruzzi National College
* Emil Racoviță National College
* Mihai Eminescu National College
* Vasile Lupu Pedagogical High School
(1855)Iași Science Festival
is a week long festival organised every year in April (starting 2013) for high school and grade school students to get be able to observe and take part in scientific experiments and be given detailed tours of the scientific and technical universities and research labs in Iași. Over 200 experiments were performed and over 10,000 students took part in the 2014 edition, from throughout the Moldavia region.
In 2012, Iași was selected as one of the European Cities of Sport.
* FC Politehnica Iași
of the Romanian Football League
from 1945 to 2010.
Iași's public transportation system is served by the CTP Iași
(former RATP), which operates an extensive network using 126 tram
s (electric trams began operating in Iași in 1900) and 150 buses. In 2014, CTP carried 50,358,000 passengers, an average of 140,000 passengers per day.
Iași is served by the Iași International Airport
(IAS) located east of the city centre. The airport is the 4th busiest in Romania and offers direct domestic, European
, and Middle East
ern scheduled or charter connections. After extensive modernisation works, the number of connections and traffic volumes have seen a significant increase, in 2015.
railway was opened on , Iași-Ungheni
on 1 August 1874 and Iași-Chișinău
railway was opened on 1 June 1875 by the Russian Empire
in preparation for the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878)
Nowadays, three railway stations, Grand Railway Station
, Nicolina International Rail Station
and Socola Rail Station
serve the city and are operated by Romanian Railways
(CFR). Moldovan railway
also serves these stations for travel into Moldova
The Grand Railway Station, located about from the city centre, provides direct rail connections to all the major Romanian cities and to Chișinău
, Moldova. The rail stations are very well connected to all the parts of the city by the tram
s and buses of the local public transport companies.
Iași is connected by European routes E583/E85
through a four lane road, by European route E58
with Central Europe and Chișinău
, and by DN National Roads
with all major cities of Romania. A planned East–West freeway
would connect the city to the A3 Transylvania Motorway
The Iași Coach Station is used by several private transport companies to provide coach
connections from Iași to a large number of locations from all over the country.
Iași is home to 14 public hospitals, including the St. Spiridon Hospital
, the second largest and one of the oldest in Romania (1755), St. Maria Clinic Children's Hospital (one of the largest children's hospitals in the country), Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Regional Oncology Institute, and Socola Psychiatric Institute
(1905 – first psychiatric hospital in Romania). The public system is complemented by numerous private clinics.
Air pollution concerns
Iași has the second-worse air quality in Romania, after Bucharest
In 2014, the European Commission
started environmental law infringement procedure
s against Romania, citing Bucharest, Iași, and Brașov
cases as examples.
In 2015, atmospheric particulate matter
has repeatedly reached and exceeded legal thresholds for PM10
. Pollution from vehicular traffic, construction works, and a lack of green spaces (the city only has about of public green spaces per capita) make up some of the reasons behind these problems.
Monuments and history
File:RO IS Stefan cel Mare statue 2.jpeg|Stephen the Great
File:Statuia lui Dosoftei din Iaşi.jpg|Dosoftei
File:Statuia lui Miron Costin din Iaşi.jpg|Miron Costin
File:Monumentul lui Grigore Ghica III din Iaşi7.jpg|Grigore III Ghica Monument
File:Statuia lui Gheorghe Asachi din Iaşi2.jpg|Gheorghe Asachi
File:Obeliscul Leilor din Iaşi.jpg|The Obelisk of Lions
File:Statuia lui Vasile Alecsandri din Iaşi10.jpg|Vasile Alecsandri
File:Statuia lui Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iaşi5.jpg|Alexandru Ioan Cuza
File:Statuia lui Mihai Eminescu din Iasi.jpg|Mihai Eminescu Monument
File:Statuia lui Mihail Kogălniceanu din Iași2.jpg|Mihail Kogălniceanu
File:RO IS independence monument 1.jpeg|Independence Monument
File:Monumentul Unirii din Iaşi4.jpg|Union Monument
File:Iași Pogrom Monument 1.jpg|Victims of Iași Pogrom Monument
File:The Victims of Communism Memorial 1.jpg|Victims of Communism Memorial
Twin towns/sister cities
Iași is twinned
Consulates in Iași
*Moldova – Consulate-General
References and sources
* National Institute of Statistics: http://www.insse.ro
Iași City Hall website
IașiStreet Map of Iași, as commissioned by the City HallCultural events in IașiIași city TourismIași City Portal
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