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Romania. Iași County. Iasi. Architectural contrast. The white cross and the wooden construction on the foreground are both memorials for the freedom martyrs who died during the december 1989 romanian revolotion. The orthodox church in the center is the Biserica Sfântul Nicolae Domnesc. In the background, the tourist hotel Moldova was built during the communist time. Iași (also referred to as Iasi, Jassy or Iassy) is the largest city in eastern Romania and the seat of Iași County. Located in the Moldavia region, Iași has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, and cultural 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 of Romania from 1916 to 1918. 8.06.15 © 2015 Didier Ruef