The city is situated in the historical region of Moldavia, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Two major Romanian poets, George Bacovia and Vasile Alecsandri were born here. The “Mihail Jora” Athenaeum and a Philharmonic Orchestra are located here, as well as the “G. Bacovia” Dramatic Theater and a Puppet Theater. Around Christmas every year, a Festival of Moldavian Winter Traditions takes place, reuniting folk artists from all the surrounding regions. The city hosts a large number of churches and cathedrals, the most important one being the Ascention Orthodox Cathedral, the largest such building in Romania and the fourth in Europe.