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Iasi is a city located in NE part of Romania with an area of 93.9 km ² and a population of 290.422 inhabitants (measurement resulting from the census of 2011). Iasi Metropolitan Area (which includes 13 surrounding villages) has, according to the same census, 400,000 inhabitants.
Iaşi city is the county capital of Iasi County and the main urban center in northeastern Romania. Also, it was the capital of Moldova during 1564 – 1859, one of the two capitals of the United Principalities between 1859 -1862 and the capital of Romania between 1916-1918.
Iasi is the legendary city of the seven hills: Cetatuia, Galata, Copou, Bucium-Paun, Sorogari, Repedea and Breazu. The city is crossed by the river Nicolina and by Sorogari creek (which in the Middle Ages used to be called Cacaina because people were throwing their garbage here); in the east of the city flows Ciric brook, on which were built three artificial lakes for recreational purposes.
Iasi is the city of great ideas, the place of first great union, of the first theatrical performance in Romanian, of the first literary memorial museum (The hut in Ticau) and the city where the first Museum of Natural History was established.
In the city, on Copou hill, is located the oldest university in Romania, University of Iasi, today also known as “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University – in present the university has 15 faculties, with over 40,000 students. Also, in Iaşi is located the continuation of the first superior Engineering school in Romania, Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi “, with over 15,000 students, the first Superior School of Music in Romania, “George Enescu” University of Arts, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa”, the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and “Petre Andrei” University. In Eminescu Square, in the interwar period, was amounted the Royal Cultural Foundation building, which today houses the oldest university library in the country, the Central University Library “Mihai Eminescu” with a collection of books that is nearing three million copies, some of them very rare.
The local climate has a pronounced continental character, being influenced by air masses of Eastern provenience, frosty winters and hot summers. The maximum recorded temperature is of 40 °C (July 27, 1909), while the lowest recorded temperature is -36.3 °C (February 1,1937).
In Iasi County there are innumerable tourist attractions, many of them located right in the town with the same name. Some of these attractions are: Roznovanu Palace, The Palace of Culture, The Three Hierarchs Monastery, The Botanical Garden, Vasile Alecsandri National Theater, Golia Monastery, St. Nicholas Church and Union Museum. Also, tourists can enjoy in Iasi, depending on the period of the visit, walks in beautiful parks, hours of enjoyment in the little cafes and other leisure ways for anyone’s taste.