The city of 100 churches brings together buildings of worship from Orthodox, Catholic, Armenian, Lipovan or Neo-Protestant beliefs. The pilgrim will discover religious monuments full of history and spirituality, tombs of founders and hierarchs or a rich iconography. The lay visitor will admire the view from the Goliath Tower and the stories with deacon Creanga, the harmony of the arches of the marble columns from the Bărboi Church, the stone lacework from the Three Hierarchs or the painting of the Royal family from the Church of Saint Nicholas the Prince. The canopy with the relics of Saint Pious Parascheva from the Metropolitan Cathedral is the epicenter of Orthodox life in Iasi and annually attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over Eastern Europe.
You can start your tour in the city center with the first three attractions: The Metropolitan Cathedral, The Catholic Episcopal Cathedral “Saint Virgin Mary, Queen” and The “Three Hierarchs” Monastery, considered the most important religious edifice in Iași. They’re all next to each other on Stephen The Great Boulevard.
Then you can move eastward towards the Civic Center which is really close too. There, in front of the Palace of Culture, you will find The Saint Nicholas Princiary Church and down the road on the right the Barnovschi Church, dating back from 1627.
Moving a bit north, you will find another cluster of three churches. The Saint Sava Church and Armenian Church are right next to each other. Both have wonderful gardens where you can relax for a moment. A bit to the east you’ll reach the Bărboi Church, with majestic arcs resting on its unqiue Carrara marble columns.
The last three churches are a bit farther away towards Independence Boulevard. Golia Monastery, with its 120 steps belltower, offers a unique view of the city. After a stroll on the boulevard, you’ll reach the Saint Spiridon Church. The last stop is Banu Church, located in the old town area. Here you can end your trip with a relaxing drink in one of the cafes on Lapusneanu Street.
There are the most significant places of worship that we included in our guide. Take a look at the list below to find out more about each of them.