On May 23, 1893, starts the construction of the University Palace in the presence of Prince Ferdinand of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Designed by the architect Louis Blanc (for which he won a gold medal at an exhibition in Paris), the Palace of University was inaugurated on October 21, 1897.
On the ground floor of this beautiful building it is the Hall of Lost Steps, so called because of the sound effect it creates. In the middle of this room, if you wear heels the sound they make when you walk disappears.
In this room you can find the 19 murals of Sabin Balasa. A true blue bliss covering approximately 300 sq m. The paintings made by the master of unicorns and cosmic silhouettes were made between 1968-1978. They were designed as a representation of the Romanian soul, and can be grouped into three categories: universal myths, legends Romanian, university.
The artist began working at the masterpice from the Hall of Lost Steps in 1968, his first work was the portrait of his favorite poet, Mihai Eminescu.
Sabin Balasa was born on June 17, 1932 in the town Dobriceni, Olt County. He was a contemporary Romanian painter, filmmaker, writer and cartoon creator. His painting style was late Renaissance but he himself says that he belongs to the cosmic romanticism. He died on 1 April 2008 in Bucharest due to lung cancer.
His style was a unique one, being dominated by a mesmerizing blue, mythical women, men in a state of meditation and the poetry of Eminescu.
Visiting the Hall of Lost Steps is free, without requiring a prior appointment.
There is no fixed visiting schedule, but when you prepare the visit, for logistical reasons, be aware that teaching is conducted usually until 20:00.
Address: Corp A, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Bulevardul Carol I 11, Iași