The Memorial House of Nicolae Iorga


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To understand the life and the opera of Nicolae Iorga you have to visit the two institutions keeping the memory of the person who has meant a lot for the Romanian culture: the memorial house of Botosani and the museum of Valenii de Munte.


The family of the historian Nicolae Iorga has changed not less than ten houses, as long as he was a child and a teenager.


In the house of Botosani, the Iorga family stayed between the years 1876 – 1880, paying rent. Although, this building which has been conserved since the 19th century, being declared a historical monument, is considered the memorial house.


The house is situated on the street, currently named after the ex prime minister of Romania, at number 15, situated at about 100 meters distance from the Mihai Eminescu Avenue and one kilometre from the entrance to Botosani from Iasi.


The building, built in a Moldavian style, has suffered a few changes during the time. The metal roof has been changed into a tile wood roof, and the concrete pillars have been replaced with wood pillars.


Once you enter the house, you can admire a whole collection of pictures, organised as an exhibit, in two rooms. Among the pictures, there are a lot of pictures belonging to the family, with Nicolae Iorga in different moments of his life. Also, there are exhibited also different diplomas of Dr. Honoris Causa, received from Sorbona or Cambridge.


In a special hall, the first editions of the Nicolae Iorga opera are exhibited, but also newspapers and magazines that Nicolae Iorga has printed or guided. The building hosts also a library, where you can find recent books, purchased in the last years.


In the room which was the living room of the  family, the atmosphere specific to the last decades of the 19th century has been preserved. Although his family had modest incomes, in that time, they gathered a lot of goods, either bought by the historian parents either inherited, which are exhibited.


The room in which Nicolae and his brother were living suggests the passion for literature, here  there is a book stand with a lot of books, but also a typing machine and a candlestick with a candle.


This way, the house “paints” a general picture of the historian, writer and politician Nicolae Iorga. Being a history teacher at the University of Buhcarest at only 24 years old and after having published many volumes, Nicolae Iorga was a co-founder of the Nationalist  Democratic Party and between 1931 – 1932, he was prime minister and ministry of the National Education. Totally, he has published more than 1,000 volumes. He has been murdered by a group of legionaries on November 27, 1940.

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