Iasi was the ancient village that has developed through the centuries VII-X with a small establishment of small, rectangular houses which started growing with the arrival of Iasi tribes in the XIII century. Iasi was occupied in time by Petchenegs, Cumans Alan and Tatars.
The city of Iasi was first mentioned in a commercial privilege issued in 1408 by the ruler of Moldavia, Alexander The Good. However, because older buildings were already existing prior to this date (for example the Armenian Church is alleged to have been built in 1395), it is believed that the city is older, at least a few decades older than the first mentioned date.
• Great personalities from literature and journalism: Mihai Eminescu, Ion Creangă, Vasile Alecsandri, Mihail Sadoveanu, Bogdan Petriceicu-Hasdeu, Nicolae Iorga, Mihail Kogălniceanu, Adrian Păunescu, Nicolae Labiş, Miron Costin, Grigore Ureche, Ion Neculce, Mitropolitul Dosoftei
• Music: George Enescu, Ciprian Porumbescu, Margareta Clipă, Laura Lavric, Viorica Macovei
• Paintings: Painting is found most often in places of worship: frescoes on moldavian churches have a strong local imprint and stand out through esthetic and colors.
Samples of this art can be observed at the churches in the north of Moldavia and are part of UNESCO heritage.
• Cinematography: Emil Loteanu, Cristian Mungiu, Lucian Pintilie
Touristic attractions Iaşi:
• Palace of culture – Iaşi: is a monumental building (1890-1926) with a clock tower that announces the hours with tones from the national Union Dance. It shelters four museums: Museum of History, Etnographic Museum of Moldavia, Art Museum and Polytechnic Museum.
• Church Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi – Three Hierarch – founded by ruler Vasile Lupu in 1637. It is a unique construction in the Romanian architecture due to the ornamental abundance which covers the hole exterior.
• Metropolitan Cathedral – Iaşi, is the biggest orthodox worship place in Romania.
• Golia Monastry – Iaşi, (1650-1660), built in late Renaissance style; it had as a deacon the great story teller and writer Ion Creangă.
• Union Museum – Iaşi, an empire style building from 1806, from 1859 it became the residence of ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza.
• Princely Court of Iaşi is the oldest building in this way in Moldova and the ruins of the old walls dating from the first half of the fifteenth century – century can still be seen today.
• Botanical Garden of Iaşi, the oldest in the country, a place of leisure and rest.
• Vasile Alecsandri Museum – Mirceşti, Iaşi County; the house where the poet was born and which preserves artefacts that belonged to him can be visited.