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ROMANIA – the city of IASI

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    IAȘI s the second largest city in ROMANIA, and the seat of IAȘI COUNTY. Located in the historical region of MOLDAVIA, IASI has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life.
   The city was the capital of the PRINCIPALITY of MOLDAVIA from 1564 to 1859, then of the UNITED PRINCIPALITIES from 1859 to 1862, and the capital of ROMANIA from 1916 to 1918.
   Home to the oldest Romanian university and to the first engineering school, Iași is one of the most important education and research centres of the country, and accommodates over 80.000 students in 5 public universities.
   The social and cultural life revolves around the VASILE ALECSANDRI National Theater (the oldest in ROMANIA), the Moldova State Philharmonic, the Opera House, the IAȘi Athenaeum, a famous Botanical Garden (the oldest and largest in ROMANIA), the Central University Library (the oldest in ROMANIA), the high quality cultural centres and festivals, an array of museums, memorial houses, religious and historical monuments.
   The city is also known as the site of the largest Romanian pilgrimage which takes place each year, in October, at the relics of SAINT PARASCHEVA (abstract from Wikipedia).


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