Moldavian Metropolitan Cathedral


This cavernous cathedral, built between 1833 and 1839, was designed by architect Alexandru Orascu and decorated by painter Gheorghe Tattarescu. Since 1889, when the cathedral claimed the relics of Moldavia's patron saint, St Paraschiva, from the Church of the Three Hierarchs, the faithful have flocked here each October to see them displayed.

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1. Church of the Three Hierarchs

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Built by Prince Vasile Lupu between 1637 and 1639, and restored between 1882 and 1904, this is one of Iaşi's most beautiful churches. Its exterior stone…

2. Statue of Avram Goldfaden

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3. Dosoftei House

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5. St Sava’s Monastery


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6. Statue of Ştefan cel Mare

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A dramatic equestrian statue of Moldavian prince Ştefan cel Mare, dating from 1883, stands in front of the Palace of Culture.

7. Armenian Church

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8. Moldavian History Museum

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