Cultural heritage guide

The North East region of Romania is concentrated on a true cultural treasury inherited from important personalities of the history of politics, philosophy, science and European literature.

Iasi is the cultural and academic centre of the Moldavian region. In 1860 the first University of Romania has been established, at the initiative of the ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza, which main building is an admirable architecture monument.

The “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library is hosted by the building of the Royal Cultural Foundation (built during the interwar period) and holds about three millions of copies in its book patrimony, many of them being considered very rare.

The South district of the town, C.U.G.2  is the place where the “Moldova” Expositional Centre has been opened in 2010, where remarkable fairs and exhibits  are being organised.

In a fascinating contrast of old and new, the modern building combines with the historical buildings and monuments, of high interest to the culture addicted persons: The Lions Obelisk (the Copou Park), The House of Ion Creanga, The Roznovanu Palace(18th century), The Braunstein Palace(The Union Square), The Pogor House, the Ferentz Cross, the Calimachi Palace (today the headquarters of the faculty of medicine), The Institute of Anatomy and Turkish Bath.

In the Iasi county, there are also the memorial houses of the personalities Costache Negruzzi (Hermeziu) and Vasile Alecsandri (Mircesti), the Princely Palace of Ruginoasa of A.I. Cuza, The Sturdza Castle of Miclauseni and Cantacuzino-Pascanu Mansion of Ceplenita.

The museums and cultural institutions are plentiful in Iasi, from the Palace of Culture, the National Opera and the State Philharmonic up to the Museum of Literature, Ethnographic Theatre, Arts and Science and  Technics.

Although its name is mainly associated to such a perpertual industrial and commercial ascension, the city of Bacau is a cradle of the culture and traditions, too.

The literature fans can visit the statue and the memorial house of  George Bacovia, and the picture fans are invited to enter in the house of the famous painter Nicu Enea.

The old building of the “Costache Sturdza” County Library has been opened in 1893 and is a real architectural monument, and many statues of some famous personalities of Romania can be found in the Canciov Park.

Other buildings and places with a special cultural importance are the “Mihail Jora” Athenaeum, the „Vasile Alecsandri” Culture House and its small square, the “Victor Anestin” Astronomic Observatory and the Catholic Cathedral, the biggest in the East of Europe.

The visitors of the city of Suceava shall have the opportunity to observe some of the oldest and the most important places of the country, where the influence of the Austrian Empire still exists after the period of domination in the territory. The cultural charm is sustained by the Bucovina Museum Complex, which includes the Museum of History, the Ethnographic museum (the Princely Inn), the Museum of Natural Sciences and the one of the Bucovina Village, the Citadel of Throne of Suceava and the Cultural Memorial  Patrimony.

Also, the Ciprian Porumbescu Museum Complex of Stupca reiterates the genius of the composer born in a modest family at Sipotele Sucevei.

Also the county of Neamt holds particular cultural objectives, such as the Museum of History and Archaeology of  Piatra-Neamt, the Museum of Aeneolithic Art of Cucuteni, the Museum of Ethnography of Piatra-Neamt, the Memorial Museum of Ion Creanga of Humulesti, the Memorial Museum of Mihail Sadoveanu of Vanatori and the Memorial House of Veronica Micle of Targu Neamt.

The Neamt Fortress enters the category of the medieval monuments with a peerless value in Romania.

In Botosani, the cultural reference points can be admired visiting the House Ciomac Cantemir-Foundation Stefan Luchian, the House Costache Enescu of the Museum of George Enescu, the House of Manolache Iorga, the Memorial House of George Enescu – Liveni, the Memorial House of Nicolae Iorga, the Ipotesti Memorial, the Museum of Archaeology of Saveni, the Museum of Natural Sciences of Dorohoi and the Botosani County Museum.

Vaslui is an outstanding county due to its archaeological treasures, ethnographic values and popular art. The Mavrocordat Castle (the 19th century), the Stephen the Great Fortress (the 15th century) and Saint John Church founded by the famous ruler are a few of the historical and cultural vestiges preserved in the territory.

The tourists can visit the Art Hall of Vaslui, The Vasile Parvan Museum and the House of Barlad Personalities of Barlad, the Wine Museum of Husi, the Banca Village Museum or the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art of Husi and also the Ruins of the Princely Court of Stephen the Great and the statue of the ruler from the High Bridge, the Penes Curcanul Mausoleum of the Copou Park and the Independency Monument of the Square of the Palace of Justice of the city of Vaslui.