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Iasi Jewish Walking Tour

by Rolandia Travel
per traveller Price is £26
*Pricing based on group of 5 travellers
Duration: 4h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Learn more about the jewish community in Iasi

  • Discover the oldest Synagogue in Romania

  • Stroll in the old Jewish Market

  • See the place of the first Jewish Theatre in the World

  • Visit Iasi

Highlights

  • Learn more about the jewish community in Iasi

  • Discover the oldest Synagogue in Romania

  • Stroll in the old Jewish Market

  • See the place of the first Jewish Theatre in the World

  • Visit Iasi

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Iasi Jewish Walking Tour in English

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

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per traveller
£88.40

Total price is £88.40, taxes included

It only takes 2 minutes

Iasi Jewish Walking Tour

Activity Location

Iași

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Union Square

    Piața Unirii

    Iași


Description

Explore the vibrant past, architectural wonder, and stories of the Jewish community, starting from the Union Square, the central point of the city of Iasi.

Lapusneanu Street, the street that connects the northern district of Copou to the centre of Iasi, the Union Square. Once known as the Street of Joy, the avenue was filled with merchants craftsmen from all of Europe. Next, our tour guide will lead you to the Cuza Voda Street, known in the past as the “Golia Alley”. This street connects the Union Square with Târgu Cucului, a former Jewish district. After 1830, numerous buildings were constructed in the area that was used as shops, which turned this part of the town into a commercial centre.

Our next destination is the open-air “Pomul Verde” Jewish Theatre, a summer garden with a history of 141 years. On August 19, 1876, the poet and musician Avram Goldfaden laid the foundation of the first professional Yiddish-language theatre in the world, when he performed at a show together with his band.

In 1800, it was known “The Flour Market”, and it was located on the outskirts of the city. Merchants oftentimes came here to sell their products without having to pay customs duty, and over the years it got the name of “Targul Cucului”, “cuc” meaning “cuckoo” in Romanian. The first Jewish families settled here around the year 1650, but a more significant population started settling after 1830. In this district, you will find the oldest synagogue in Romania, The Grand Synagogue. It was erected in 1580, on the ruins of a Jewish praying site. In the past, on nearby the Stihii Street there used to be 7 synagogues, along with dozens of other houses of prayer. The places of worship were organised on professional criteria, each synagogue taking the name of a guild. The same thing went for the “Merarilor” Synagogue, where apple merchants and gatherers came to pray.

Your Jewish heritage tour will end at the Jewish Community Center, initially named as the Jewish guild. From 2002, the centre hosts a club which coordinates the Ritual restaurant, with kosher foods, that follow the kashrut norms. The restaurant also has a choir and a band that plays traditional music. The establishment is actively involved in the cultural life of the city; it organises shows, conferences, commemorations, and film nights.


Inclusions

  • Guided walking tour of Iasi


Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up


Know Before You Book

  • Minimum age is 14 years old