A must see in Iasi is the Palace of Culture, a building worth seeing in itself and also for the museums it hold within. Built throughout two decades, from 1906 to 1925, the palace is the creation of architect ID Berindei. It is partly placed on the ruins of the Royal Court of Moldavian rulers, officially mentioned in 1434.
Today, the palace is home to the “Moldova” National Museum Complex. The complex is formed out of four large museum: Moldova’s History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Art Museum and the Science and Technical Museum.
Through the Palace, Iasi became the farthest Eastern point to reveal the European Neo-gothic architectural concepts. Launched in 1926 by Ferdinand de Hohenzollern, second king of modern Romania, it is said to have 365 rooms, one for each day of the year.
The equestrian statue of Stefan cel Mare is placed in front of the Palace of Culture. The statue was made in Paris by Em. Fremiet using the sketches of Gh. Asachi and was revealed in 1883. On this occasion, King Carol I offered two Krupp cannons, trophies of the War of Independence.