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Dimitrie Barilă, known especially by his monastic name Dosoftei (born October 26, 1624, Suceava – died December 13, 1693, at Zolkiew in Poland, today Nesterov, Ukraine) was a Romanian scholar, Metropolitan of Moldova, poet and translator which, in 2005, was proclaimed saint by the Romanian Church.

The house was built in the second half of the XVIIth century and is where Metropolitan Dosoftei installed in 1679, the second printing press in Moldova. Here was printed the Liturgy (1679), The Psalter to understand (Psaltirea de-nteles) – 1680, Lives of the Saints (1682-1686).

The house was restored between 1966 and 1969. On August 7, 1970, was inaugurated here the department of old literature of the Romanian Literature Museum.

Among the important pieces of the museum are:

– Slavonic manuscript since XIV century (about 1350-1380);

– A Liturgy printed by Macarie in 1508, the first printing made on Romanian territory;

– The Apostle, Romanian oldest manuscript, dated 1559 -1560;

– The oldest copies of the chronicles of Moldavia by Grigore Ureche and Miron Costin;

– the Homiliary of Metropolitan Varlaam, the first printing in Romanian language in Moldova (1643);

– Psalter in lyrics (1673) of Metropolitan Dosoftei  and a Gospel since 1682 which belonged to the same (with autograph notes);

– A copy of the Chronicle of Moldavia by Ion Neculce, made ​​by Al. Beldiman;

The museum also houses a model of the printing press used by Dosoftei and collections of icons from the XVI – XVIII centuries.

Near Dosoftei House was placed, in 1975, the statue of the great scholar, which is work of sculptor Iftimie Barleanu.

Entrance fee:
Permanent exhibitions: 3 lei / person
Temporary exhibitions: 3 lei / person

Visiting hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10-17;
Monday – closed

  • Address
    Anastasie Panu 54 Street, Iaşi, Romania

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