Discover Suceava!

I’m not sure how well accustomed you are with the Romanian administrative organization so let me brief it quickly. Romania has 41 counties (a larger area with several smaller towns and villages and a more important town which acts as the county seat) with the exception of the capital Bucharest whose organization is different than the rest of the country. So, each county has a county seat and their names, more often than not coincide or are very similar. In our case, Suceava is both the name of the county and of the county seat. I hope you are not bored with these administrative explanations, I wanted it to be clear because this article will be an introduction to the county and the county seat as well. The former, I must say, is very well advertises because within it, you will find the so famous Romanian Painted Monasteries and very beautiful mountain resorts. With these being said, let’s discover Suceava together, with everything it stands for!

The county of Suceava

It is located in the upper northern part of Romania and is one of the major tourist areas of the country. Besides the great attraction of the spectacular mountain landscape (it is crossed by the Eastern Range of the Carpathian Mountains), the tourist potential of the county is characterized by diversity, density and value of the worship and architectural monuments, natural reservations and special ethnographic areas, many of which are unique in the world. I have to mention particularly the Voronet, Sucevita, Moldovita, Putna, Humor, Slatina and Dragomirna monasteries, the Bogdana Church of Radauti, the salt pit of Cacica, the flower reservations “Rachitisul Mare”, “Lucina” and “Ponoarele”, the Putnei Valley forest, the secular forest of Slatioara, the natural hayfields in Frumoasa. Due to its picturesque landscape, rural tourism is very well developed in Suceava. A characteristic of this kind of tourism is that it fully exploits the products made in the respective household. Thus, the tourist has the opportunity to serve the food and drink that are traditional to the area, some of them unique. Many tourists return to these lands in order to taste these products once more.

The county seat Suceava

Suceava is among the oldest and most important settlements of the country. For two centuries, it was the capital of the Moldavian state and between 1775 and 1918; it was part of the Austrian Empire. Suceava is the university, educational, scientific and spiritual centre of the county. Here,  there are concentrated unparalleled testimonies of its rich history, namely the old citadel, the Royal Court, the equestrian statue of Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great – one of the most important Romanian rulers in the Middle Ages), the city ?cheia, the Royal Inn, churches and monasteries such as Sfântul Gheorghe, Mir?u?i, Sfântul Ioan cel Nou, Sfântul Dumitru, Sfântul Neculai, Adormirea Maicii Domnului, Biserica Învierii, and other institutions that impress through their amazing architecture: the Museum of History, the Administrative Palace, the old City Hall building, the “Stefan cel Mare” University, the Planetarium, and others.

This is a rich area with many stories to tell regarding its history, culture and social development. Don’t hesitate to pack your backs and come discover Suceava on your own because it is indeed one of the best representatives of the Romanian people and of Romania.

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