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Built in 1855 in neoclassical style, Pogor House was the first private residence in Iaşi to have electricity, which brought it the name of “the house with lit windows”. It belonged to Vasile Pogor, one of the founders of the literary circle Junimea. Moreover, the house was the meeting place of this society which attracted representative writers such as the national poet, Mihai Eminescu, Titu Maiorescu, Vasile Alcsandri, Ion Creangă, Vasile Conta, I. L. Caragiale and Ioan Slavici. After Pogor sold the house, it became in turns property of Princess Maria Moruzzi and her son Gh. I. Brătianu, royal residence, and headquarters of the Soviet troops during World War II and of various institutions.

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Nowadays, the renovated Pogor House hosts the Museum of Romanian Literature, which presents the development of the Romanian literature, mostly in the region of Moldavia, from 1800 until today. Inside, visitors can also admire objects belonging to various Romanian important figures, such as a painting by Gh. Asachi, furniture items that belonged to Mihail Kogălniceanu, Titu Maiorescu, I.L. Caragiale, Iacob Negruzzi and Garabet Ibrăileanu, Duiliu Zamfirescu’s piano and Ibrăileanu’s gramophone. The most appreciated hall of the museum is the Rarities’ Hall, where unique items are displayed: Eminescu’s ring, pocket watches belonging to Ion Creangă, Vasile Pogor and Eremia Grigorescu, Kogălniceanu’s marble ink bottle and Veronica Micle’s golden brooch.

The building’s wine cellar was recently transformed into a literary café.

Visiting Hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00

Ticket price:

Permanent exhibition: 3 lei

Rarities’ Hall: 3lei

Discounts for pupils, students, seniors and groups.

Photos by Corneliu Grigoriu

How to get there:

Pogor House is situated 1.6km away from the centre of Iasi. From here take Stefan cel Mare si Sfant Blvd to Union Square, continue on Arcu St, turn right on Gavril Muzicescu St and walk until you reach Mihai Eminescu Square. At the roundabout, take the exit on Carol I Blvd and turn right on Vasile Pogor St to reach the museum.

Contact:

Tel.: +40 747 054 499

http://www.muzeulliteraturiiiasi.ro/muzee/muzeul-vasile-pogor/