in Iasi, a building that has been closed to visitors over the last eight years in order to undergo renovation and consolidation works.
Regarded as a palace of museums, a landmark of the city of Iasi and of the national culture, the Palace of Culture was restored to its original beauty. The palace reenters the national cultural circuit, after a comprehensive consolidation and rehabilitation programme carried out under governmental project “The rehabilitation of historic monuments in Romania,” funded by the Council of Europe Development Bank and implemented in 2008 – 2016 by a project management unit with the Ministry of Culture.
Works on the Palace of Culture represent, as Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu said, the widest action to restore a historic monument in Romania. The works, which lasted 8 years, were carried out in two 4-year-and- 4-month stages, September 2008 – January 2016. After three years, the monument entered conservation. The works resumed in October 2014, as the initially available funds needed to be supplemented to continue and complete all the works that would allow restoring the building to an optimal state of safety and operation.
The works cost 26,120,622 euros, VAT excluded, for an area of 34,000 square metres. As many as 350 workers and specialists worked for the restoration.
The Palace of Culture is the third site restored over the past years in Iasi County, after the palace of ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza at Ruginoasa and the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre of Iasi.