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Overview

The current Palace of Culture from Iasi was built between 1906-1925. Its main purpose was to serve as Palace of Justice and administrative headquarters for the city of Iasi. The palace is located, in part, on the ruins of medieval royal court, mentioned in documents in 1434.

The building is also located on the site of a palace of similar size and which had the same purpose, built by Alexandru Moruzi (1806-1812), rebuilt by Mihail Sturdza (1841-1843) and it burned down 1878.

The new building was inaugurated on October 11, 1925 and served as the Palace of Justice until 1955, when it was intended for hosting some of the most prominent cultural institution in the city of Iasi.

The rooms of the palace, beautifully decorated, furnished according to the fashion of the era, constituted some true masterpieces. Paneling and other interior decorations were made from a new material called bois cement. The most famous room of the palace is the Voivodes Room, located upstairs. The name of the hall comes from the gallery of medallion portraits of rulers of Moldavia, plus figures of kings (dynasty of Hohenzollern).

The man who conceived and designed the huge Palace of Culture in Iasi was I.D. Berindei, one of the best rated architects of the beginning of XX century. The palace in Iasi is inspired by the architectural style of the Palace of Justice in Paris.

To the celebrity of the palace contributed also the carillon clock located in the center tower of the building. The carillon of the clock is a system of 8 bells. These 8 bells in the tower reproduce, every hour, the sound of Union Horites, the Romanian anthem of 1859. A less known fact related to this is that architect I. D. Berindei and his two sons spent a night in the tower trying to adjust the clock; this is why a little panic was created – throughout Iasi people could only hear the sound of the Union Horites without knowing what they hear and where the sound is coming from.

Today, the palace represent the premises of “Moldova” National Museum Complex, housing four major museums: the Museum of History of Moldova, Ethnographic Museum of Moldova, Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Technique.

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