Known as The Cultural Capital of Romania, Iași is a symbol in Romanian history. The historian Nicolae Iorga said “There should be no Romanian who does not know of it”. Still referred to as The Moldavian Capital, Iași is the main economic and business centre of the Moldavian region of Romania. The first newspaper in Romanian language was published in 1829 in Iași. The “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre, opened in 1840, is the first National Theatre in Romania. The building also hosts, starting 1956, the Iași Romanian National Opera.