Western Moldavian East '16-'18 - 27: Iași (50 p.)

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Proud Earthling

To the previous part of the series:
Biting East '16-'18 - 26: Buhăiești - Open Range (50 p.)

The video for this part:

March 22 2018

I had returned to Iași shortly before 9 a.m.

More about the city can be learned here:

400 782 rolled through the station past a stationary Regio Călători caravelle.

View of the late 19th century customs house on the other side of the station square dominated by cabs. The tram lines pass behind the kiosks.

More about the meter gauge streetcar network (in Romanian): https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramvaiul_din_Iași
Always a good source for urban traffic: http://transphoto.ru/list.php?did=735

Western German GT4 458, built in 1961, bought second hand directly from Stuttgart in 2008.

The same spot in summer on August 4 2016 for comparison, former Darmstadt ST10 277 was sporting a local ad.

Șoseaua Arcu led from our Hotel Arnia directly to the center.

The same street back in winter on March 22 2018 with ex-Augsburg "partnerbowling"-GT4 113. All GT4s originally had been delivered to Stuttgart city transport.

A quite steep grade.

More of the traditional Augsburg livery.

We approached central Piaţa Unirii, "partnerbowling" in the background.

Grand Hotel Traian from 1882 had been constructed by the office of Gustave Eiffel.

Former Augsburg GT8 801 passed by the square featuring hotels from various eras.

Dog running away from cat - that's the way I liked it after the traumatizing events the same morning!

We followed central Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt. You can spot the Metropolitan Cathedral behind communist era architecture.

The building had been completed in 1886.

Inside, nuns were busy dusting chandeliers while a priest walked around loudly talking on his cell phone.

18th century palaces skirt the complex.

Clash of styles.

The current city hall, once Roset-Roznovanu palace, late 18th century and rebuilt in the 1830s. During WWI it had been the seat of the Romanian government, Iași provisional capital of the country 1916-18.

Ferdinand I. watching the cathedral.

The pedestrian zone of the boulevard, looking towards the Palace of Culture.

Trei Ierarhi monastery church from 1637 - 1639 is one of the most picturesque sights.

Moldavian aurochs in the snow.

More than thirty bands of various patterns decorate the whole church facade.

I mostly remember masonry like this from the Taj Mahal.

At the end of the boulevard, we reached Piața Palat where again several epochs are combined. Late 17th or early 18th century Casa Dosoftei had been the house of a merchant and is home to the museum of Moldovan literature nowadays. Biserica Sfântul Nicolae Domnesc from the late 15th century next to it had served as coronation church of Moldavian regents. Hotel Moldova in the background.
A Bern Be 8/8 from 1973 came by.

The massive Palace of Culture, built in 1906–1925 partly on the same grounds as a medieval palace.

Remembrance of the 1989 victims.

Once more Stephen the Great.

His reflection inside the palace doors, just like Moldova Mall next door.

Here it is...

GT4 133 constructed in 1959 had been transferred from Halle in 2003.

We will move on south next time... :0)
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