Exuberant, cultured Iasi (pronounced âyashâ) clearly enjoys being the biggest city in Moldavia. Once dubbed the âcity of the hundred churchesâ, Iasi is indeed bursting with centuries of architectural creations. Yet besides the monasteries, theatres and other historic buildings, this eclectic place has botanical parks, big squares and (for better or for worse) both communist-era concrete structures and gleaming modern shopping malls. As with its shopping scene, Iasiâs innumerable eateries, drinking holes and lively clubs depend on the robust university population. You'll find students from all over the world here â making this little corner of Romania unexpectedly cosmopolitan. (Source)
Of course you have to have dinner especially so gourmand people like us ,so we asked the owner of the apartment where we were staying what restaurant he could recommended and he suggested to try out Oscar Restaurant as it would also give us the chance to also walk through the city.
"Iasi boasts an impressive number of Orthodox churches, almost 100, most of them located in the so-called Golden Plateau (Platoul de Aur). The oldest, the Princely Saint Nicholas Church, dates from the reign of Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare, 1457-1504)." (Source)
"This remarkable construction (1906-1925), built in flamboyant neo-gothic style, stands partly on the ruins of a medieval royal court mentioned in documents dating from 1434. Today, the 365-room palace houses the Gheorghe Asachi Library and four of the city's museums: the Moldavian History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Technology. The interior decor, with the lavish furnishings and magnificent staircase of the entrance lobby, can be admired free of charge, but tickets are required for entry to the museums." (Source)
Unfortunately we did not plan to actually visit Iasi as we did not have the time, our next stop was the Danube Delta and we had to get there early in the morning. But, Iasi is a must see and I am so happy that we have now direct flights out of Brussels.â