Roznovanu Palace

Since Iasi was the capital of Moldavia until 19th century, it hosts a lot of beautiful old buildings belonging to its wealthy rulers. Visiting them takes you on a journey to the past, a glamorous and wonderful one, when luxury was the main governing principle. Roznovanu Palace is an architectural monument built in the decades 7-10 of the 18th century, nowadays house to the headquarters of the City Hall inIasi. As you can easily imagine, its history is quite interesting and agitated.

The 18th century…

The first thing that impresses you at this palace is the sumptuousness of the interior frescoes and the greatness of the external statues. The palace belongs to the neoclassical style, with decorative elements characteristic of the baroque style. Until 1891, when the state sold the building, the palace was the residence of the Rosetti – Roznovanu family, the strongest and most influential family in the political arena of the city. As such, it has witnessed significant historical events. At the end of the 18th century (1788), the Russian General Romanov established himself and then the entire Russian diplomacy at the Palace, during the Organic Regulation (1829-1831). In fact, in 1866, the Roznovanu family, supported by political forces inRussia, tried to organize a plot to put Roznovanu in charge ofMoldavia but the plot turned out to be a failure. Another failed attempt was Prince Michael Sturdza’s, who, in 1858, wanted to recover its royal seat.

The 19th century…

Important people visited the palace in the 19th century: King Carol I of Romania, Natalia Kescu (who would become Queen of Serbia in 1882), the famous opera singer Hariclea Darclée etc. Between 1892 and 1892, the Roznovanu Palace will be used as temporary residence of the royal family. The building played an important role on the stage of history especially during World War I, when it hosted the headquarters of the refugee ministries inBucharest. In the room where the Mayor’s office is now, King Ferdinand had its office and in the meeting room of the current City Council the War Council of Romania met in 1918.

The 20th century…

During the first decades of the twentieth century, the Palace knew again the brightness of fashionable life as it used to at its beginnings. In 1944, it became the headquarters of the Town Party Committee and in 1970 of the City Hall. From the 1990s onwards, this is the place where any important person in the country or abroad, be it from the political or cultural area, is received.

 

 

 

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