Suceava is the heart and capital city of what is Romanian Bukovina.
Suceava is one of the oldest and most important settlements in Romania. It was documented in 1388, at the time when the ruler of Moldova was Peter II Musat who moved the capital from Siret to Suceava. The city served as capital of the Principality of Moldova for almost two centuries, until 1565. The history of the settlement is related to the name of some of the most famous voivodes of Moldova, such as Alexandru cel Bun, Stefan cel Mare and Petru Rares.
Between 1774 and 1918, Suceava was a city in the Austrian Empire (later Austro-Hungary), forming part of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomia and the Duchy of Bukovina. Due to the ethnic and religious diversity preceding World War II (in the city were living Romanians, Germans, Jews, Armenians, Poles, Ruthenians and Czechs ), Rudolf Gassauer called Suceava “an Austria in miniature”.
The Princely Fortress of Suceava built at the end of the 14th century near the Suceava medieval city was residence of Moldavia’s rulers for almost 200 years, and today is one of the main touristic objectives you should not miss when visiting Bukovina.
Consolidated and restored between 2011-2015, the Princely Fortress of Suceava is host to a permanent exhibition of medieval weapons and heraldic symbols of Moldavian rulers. A modern multimedia system is in place at Suceava’s Fortress today. Holograms and video projections reflecting medieval historical themes make a visit not only enjoyable but also highly informative .
Just nearby the Fortress, the Bucovina Village Museum is an other must see!
This perfect replica of an old bukovinean village displays all representative buildings of a Romanian village from Bukovina, namely a church, the priest house, the teacher’s house and numerous farmers houses. The houses are different in looks depending on the specific region they represent. Inside some of these houses, multimedia technology helps the visitor experience authentic local customs related to the main events in rural people’s lives: birth, wedding and death. So just get inside the nursery or take part in a traditional wedding or a funeral.
As for its modern side, the city is home to a university founded in 1990, several museums and an airport.
What else to visit around Suceava? The famous painted monasteries of course, all situated within one hour drive from the city.
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