The library of the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in Iaşi, Romania, was chosen as the most majestic library in the world in a ranking by Boredpanda.com. The survey includes 25 libraries from all around the world and the list was still open for submissions at the time when this article was written. The “competition” lists architectural masterpieces such as the library of the Trinity College in Dublin, the Portuguese Royal Library in Rio de Janeiro, The National Library in Prague or the National Library in France.
The library is part of the University Palace in Copou (Iaşi’s famous park). The palace was built in 1892, based on famous Swiss architect Louis Blanc’s project which was, in its own turn, based on the sketches of a Romanian architect, Professor and Minister at that time. Louis Blanc was also the one who designed the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest.
The library was severely damaged during the Second World War, in 1944, the reconstruction process lasting until the end of the ’50s, when the entire Palace was revamped.
Nowadays, the library is still functional and holds an impressive amount of one million volumes.
The library is connected with the University’s Festivity Hall. According to Professor Seghedin, the Technical University’s Prorector, interviewed by radioiasi.ro regarding the world library ranking, this is the most beautiful festivity hall in Romania. Both the library and the festivity hall can be visited, access is free.
The Copou University Palace located at 4 Păcurari Street also hosts the British Council in Iaşi and the European Documentation Centre.