The third-largest Romanian city, Iasi has been cultural and academic centre of the Romania since 1408. The city prides itself with publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first Romanian university. One of its highlights is the splendid neo-gothic Palace of Culture, housing nowadays four museums. Iasi boasts an impressive number of Orthodox churches, almost 100.The oldest, the Princely Saint Nicholas Church, dates from the reign of Stephen the Great (1457-1504). The finest, however, are the 17th century St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral and Trei Ierarhi Church. Cultural life gravitates around a National Theater, Tatarasi Atheneum, a famous Botanical Garden, an array of museums and memorial houses, an independent theater and several student organizations.