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Friday, 7 April 2017

Things You Didn't Know About Iasi, Romania

Dearest sweethearts,

A few days back I was sharing with you 10 Amazing Things About Poland that you might not know. Seems to me I should also do my homeland justice and present you some rather interesting things about my hometown, about Iasi. So without any further ado let me get into that:
1) Iasi is the 4th biggest city in Romania, when it comes to the number of people living in it, just after the capital: Bucharest Cluj Napoca and Timisoara. The city grows even bigger if you take into account the number of students that come to the Uni's here. The faculty of Medicine is extremely popular and the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University in Copou is also very attractive to young people worldwide.  
2) The first printed books in Moldavia (the region) was done in Iasi in the year 1643. You can still visit the house where it was printed - it is a small museum close to the Palace of Culture. 
3) Iasi was set on fire 3 times - first in 1513 by the tatars, 1538 by the ottomans and then in 1686 by Russians.  
4) Iasi was the capital of Moldavia for almost 300 years (1565-1859). It was moved from Suceava by Alexandru Lăpuşneanu.
5) Vasile Lupu created the very first school in Romanian language - you can see it on Stefan cel Mare Street, at the end towards the Palace of Culture. He also established a printer / press in the church Trei Ierarhi - also located on Stefan cel Mare Street. 
The National Theater in Iasi, Romania 
6) Iasi was mentioned the first time in a commercial privilege emitted in 1408 by the ruler of Moldavia, Alexandru cel Bun. That makes the city over 600 years old ;)
7) In 1930 the number of Jewish people in Iasi was actually half of the number of Romanian! There were: 63.168 Romanian, 34.662 Jews, 980 German, 918 Russians and the rest up to 102.872 were other nations, in low numbers. 
8) Iasi has three oldest and biggest Botanical Garden in Europe! 
9) It is very similar to Rome in the sense of being named the "legendary city of the seven hills" - namely Cetatuia, Galata, Copou, Bucium, Sorogari, Repedea and Breazu.
Grand Hotel Traian and The Twisted Red LadyBug 
10) The Grand Hotel Traian in the Union Square is "The" posh hotel in town.  It was recently refurbished and it is in itself a gem. The building is from the 19th century and it is an architectural masterpiece of the French architect Gustave Eiffel - inaugurated in 1882.

Yours very much sincerly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Her Hometown