Metropolitan Residence

After the main residence of the princes of Moldavia was changed from Suceava to Iași (1654), the metropolitan bishop had a house near the White Church where he was living while visiting the new capital. This was not his only residence in town, for often the prelate used to stay for longer periods of time at one of its thriving monasteries (Cetățuia, “Princely St Nicholas” or Golia). After the “new Metropolitan Cathedral”, Stratenia Church was built, Princess Anastasia erected around 1695 a number of princely dwellings. It was there that the Russian Tsar Peter the Great stayed in 1711 as a guest of the scholar prince Dimitrie Cantemir.