Bucovina is one of the most representative areas in Romania. A historical region of crucial importance throughout the tumultuous history of Romania, it offers endless touristic attractions and possibilities.
Moldova was built in 1532 by Petru Rares, the son of Stefan the Great, and was painted in 1537, both inside and outside. The frescos on the southern wall are very well preserved. Notice at the outset that the nuns who live here are excellent guides for groups of foreign tourists – a very good note in the context of tourism. The monastery’s stylish and dapper, the church is close to the cells and the entire surrounding is filled with flowers that give it a special note. In the courtyard there is a statue of Petru Rares. Tourists will appreciate, not only the beauty of the place, but also the active presence of the nuns.
You cannot see Sucevita without seeing Moldovita, its “sister” located somewhat near. Sucevita monastery is about 50 years younger, built in 1583 by Irimia Simion and Gheorghe Movila, the former becoming the first leader of Moldova shortly after lifting this monastic building. One of the last churches painted on the outside and a part of UNESCO heritage, its stately elegance will delight the visitor’s eye with a specific shade – not so famous as Voronet blue, though -, but certainly delightful: green, symbol of the Holy Spirit. You will fall in love with the mural paintings and the silence of the place.
The Fortress of Suceava
This is an objective that represents a top sensational attraction. Unfortunately, a while ago, the lack of funding and interest made the most important fortress of the rulers of Moldova enter a long process of restoration, starting from 2012. Regardless of that, hadn’t you already known a few pieces of information, you will find out on the spot about the bravery of the Moldavian rulers and soldiers against all those that attempted to conquer these beautiful lands: from the Russians and Polish to the Ottoman Turks and many other migratory peoples – without luck and success, however!
The restoration process has been unfolding and is now done and over with, therefore the visitors are fully and quietly able to enjoy the place; no more workers on scaffolding! You can now admire an excellently built fortress, to which have contributed over the years rulers and political figures like Petru Musat I (he raised it in 1375), Stephen the Great, Alexandru cel Bun (Alexander the Kind), Vasile Lupu, Ieremia Movila and other Moldavian leaders who totally devoted their efforts into achieving and preserving a very hard city to conquer and a historical symbol. Unfortunately it was damaged in 1497, after the Polish attack lead by John Albert, several earthquakes during Duca Voda – 1678-1683, the city turned to ruin and went into oblivion until the early twentieth century, when the Austrian architect Karl A. Romstorfer lent a helping hand and reestablished the glory on the old walls of this historic edifice.
And fortunately, after him, the current local authorities have shown the same interest and devotion and put it back on the well-deserved tourist track, where you can see it, admire and meditate upon the past..
Check for the prison of the edifice, it’s a truly sensational place to see!
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