In Romania, like in many countries, they name streets and buildings after the heroes of their culture. Perhaps Romania doesn’t have that many heroes to choose from (or maybe I just don’t know who they are yet), but every town I’ve been in has a Mihai Viteazul school and a Strada Stefan cel Mare (Stefan the Great street). I decided to start looking into some of the heroes of Romanian culture to find out a little more about the heroes behind the names.
We are in the Moldavia region of Romania, which is in the north east of the country bordering on Moldova, the country. Outside of Romania, most people have only heard of Bucharest but Iasi, the Cultural Capital of Romania is definitely another city worth putting on your map. Traditionally, Iasi has been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life and I think it’s a shame that most visitors to Romania don’t think to come here and head down to Bucharest instead.