The Braunstein Palace, a symbol of the city, was recently renovated and regained its magic, bringing new life into the city center.
The Iași Train Station was built in 1870 in a swampy area in the Bahlui River plain. The Venetian–Gothic aspect, with the sculpted loggia on the first floor, is inspired by the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Initially it was painted in pink, with the red loggia, thus coming into chromatic contrast with the front park and the green hills of Galata.
The first Jewish theatre in the world was founded in Iași, in the summer of 1876.
Orest Tafrali House is a historical landmark built in the early 1900s. It now serves as the Catholic diocese’s typography.
The most tragic event in the history of the Jewish community in Iasi was the June 1941 Pogrom, which took place in the Police courtyard.
Throughout time, the Independence Boulevard, one of the main streets in the center of Iași, was known as the Upper Street, I. C. Brătianu Street or Gheorghe Dimitrov Street.
“I find the opinion according to which the systematization process has to be very “elastic”, quite unjust, because this usually leads to urban anarchy and losing the general view. No doubt that under these conditions it is imposed to maintain a strict urban discipline without which any effort could be easily cancelled”. Boris Grunberg, “Systematisation of Iași”, Architecture R.P.R. 4 (1959).
“It was the time of specialization and delivering of eulogies to the comrade workforce, and the building site became a type of symbol because great constructions took place and “building” and was the key-word which came up in all speeches regarding the “new society” and its “construction”. To work on a construction site meant working for the future. A masquerade, of course. It was presented as if there haven’t been any construction sites before or as if without the communists nothing would have been built”. Gabriel Liiceanu in a dialogue with Mircea Ivănescu, ”The Masques of M.I.” (Bucharest: Humanitas, 2012), 37
The palace was built in 1830-1832 after the plans of architect Gustav Freywald, who also designed the Iași Metropolitan Cathedral.
The little house from Țicău quarter or “the hovel” hosted Ion Creangă since the summer of 1872 until his death in 1889.