Top 3 sights around Iasi

I’m sure you must have expected this article because Iasi is such a lovely and culturally and historically rich city that its influence must be spread around it as well. And it is. A visit to Iasi should not be limited to the actual city but to its vicinity too because this is a town representative for the entire region. Though there many things you might admire, I’m going to present only a top three sights around Iasi, just for you to make a general impression of what is out there, expecting inquisitive tourists all day long.

The paleontologist reservation ‘Repedea’

It is located near the television relay on the hill Repedea, where some quarries highlight the strongly fossilized calcareous sandstone and limestone rocks belonging to the Sarmatian period (about 10 million years ago). Professor Gregory Cobalcescu from ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University, analyzing the quarries from Pietrari-Repedea in 1862, published the paper ‘Calcariul de la Rapidea’ (The calcareous rocks from Repedea) where he described the fossil fauna found in these rocks. This work represents the birth of Romanian geology. The hill quickly became the subject of numerous paleontological, sediment and geochemical studies. The existing limestone and fossils certify that on this territory there was the Sarmatian seabed. Among the most important fossils are those of Mactra Podolia. For these reasons, the area was declared a natural reservation and put under protection by the decision of the Council of Ministers in 1955 and the decision of Iasi County Council in 1994.

The Ruginoasa Palace

This is the summer residence of one of the most important Romanian rulers, Alexandru Ioan Cuza. He was the one who succeeded in unifying two Romanian provinces, Walachia and Moldavia under the name of Romania (needless to say, this name remained up to present day so you can easily imagine his importance among the Romanian people). The palace was built in the early nineteenth century by the treasurer Sandulache Sturdza under the supervision of the Viennese architect Johan Freiwald. The neoclassical appearance of edifice changed in 1847, when the scribe Costache Sturdza instructs architect Johan Brandel to transform the palace according to the Gothic architecture. Destroyed during the Second World War, the palace was restored in 1978. Since 1982, the place has been functioning as a memorial museum. The ground floor is arranged so as to depict through documents important moments of the life and work of Prince Cuza.  The upstairs rooms are organized so as to recreate the atmosphere of period spent by the Cuza family at the Ruginoasa Palace.

The ‘Ciric’ recreation area

This place is accessible by vehicle, east of Iasi.  The ‘Ciric’ recreation area is located at a distance of 6 km from the city center, near a chain of lakes surrounded by forest. You can find there a camp for children, sports fields, a playground, a campsite, a resort hotel, restaurants and terraces. All in all, this is a perfect place to spend time outdoors.

As I said earlier, this is only a top 3 sights around Iasi article,  there being many more to visit: the Miclauseni Monastery and Castle, the Aroneanu, Barnova, Dobrovat monasteries, the palynological reservation ‘Ion Inculet and so on.

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