Saturday, 16 March 2013

Iasi, Romania - Project partner visit: About Iasi

We came back home....and are really impressesed.

We have finished our project activities - visited Iasi with our colleagues and pupils, participated on Round table on special needs and media that was organized in school, attended school open activities classes, were guests on a Romanian TV....lot of things and events in just 4 days...
Many thanks to our hosts from Special school "Constantin Paunescu" and project coordinator Elena Eigel   for making our stay in Iasi a wonderful experience.


Iasi is a beautiful old city- it is ex Moldavian and Romanian capital, where history and tradition meet and can be seen and felt on every step. Here is more  info about Iasi - article from Wikipedia:

Iași ( Romanian pronunciation: [jaʃʲ] ; also historically referred to as Jassy or Iassy ) is one of the largest cities and a municipality in Romania .Located in the Moldavia region, Iași has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life. The city was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia from 1564 to 1859, then of the United Principalities from 1859 to 1862, and the capital ofRomania from 1916 to 1918.
Known as The Cultural Capital of Romania , Iași is a symbol in Romanian history. The historian Nicolae Iorga said "There should be no Romanian who does not know of it".  Still referred to as The Moldavian Capital , Iași is the seat of Iași County and the main economic centre of the Romanian region of Moldavia. 

As of 2011, Iași itself has a population of 263,410 (the fourth most populous Romanian city), the metropolitan area is home to about 350,000 residents, while the population of the peri-urban area exceeds 500,000 residents.Home to the first Romanian university and to the first engineering school , it is the second largest university centre in the country and accommodates over 75,000 students in 5 public and 7 private universities. The social and cultural life revolves around the Vasile Alecsandri National Theater (the oldest in Romania), the Moldova State Philharmonic , the Opera House , the Tătărași Athenaeum , a famous Botanical Garden (the oldest and largest in Romania), the Central University Library (the oldest in Romania), the high quality cultural centres and festivals, an array of museums, memorial houses, religious and historical monuments.

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