The Palace of Culture in Iasi to re-open for visitors
The Palace of Culture in Iasi, listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments, will re-open its gates for visitors in about one month. During 2008-2016 the building has undergone an ample revamping process following a project financed by the Development Bank of the Council of Europe.
The representatives of the Iasi Moldova Museum Complex informed on Facebook on Thursday that the famous monument would be opened again for public as of April 27th, with the first day being free of charge for all visitors.
A symbolic edifice of Iasi, built during 1906-1925, the Palace of Culture served as Administrative and Justice Palace until 1955, when its destination was changed, being assigned to the four museums nowadays united under the name of Moldavia National Museum Complex. Also, the building houses the Cultural Heritage Conservation-Restoration Centre, the main branch of the Gheorghe Asachi Iași County Library and hosts various exhibitions and other events.
Started in 1906-1907, the monument was finally completed on 11 October 1925, and officially inaugurated, one year later, by King Ferdinand I of Romania, the second king of modern Romania.
Until 1955, the building housed the County Law Court, and other public institutions. During World War II, the Palace sheltered German troops, and then Soviet troops. Between 1975 and 1977 the wood bridging from the last floor was replaced with cement one, fixed with steel netting. The new bridging sustained the monument during the earthquake of 1977, but the bridging from the first floor, the walls, the ornaments and the relief works were affected.
The Palace has 298 large rooms with a total area of over 36,000 m2 (390,000 sq ft), 92 windows in the front part of the building and another 36 inside the building.