Discover the top 10 destinations

With an admirable historical and cultural past, Moldavia is a piece on the map of Romania, which offers many tourist attractions. This region is famous, mainly for the large number of monasteries, memorial houses, royal courts and ruins.

The most important 10 tourist attractions from the North East Region of Romania:

1 The Citadel of Throne of Suceava  – Suceava

The Citadel of Throne of Suceava stands  since the 12th century, during the ruling years of Petru Musat I, and in 1467, upon the order of Stephen the Great, it has been fortified. The interior of the citadel has been restored, and more, the wall surrounding the fort has been added.

The wall had a width of 1.5 meters being reinforced with squared towers, and after a few years, the second wall with a width of 2 meters has been erected. The interior of the citadel, had on those times, rooms for the ruler and his family, rooms for soldiers and rooms to deposit the armies and food.

But the end of the citadel is a sad one- in 1675, it has been destroyed by the voivode Dumitrascu Cantacuzino, upon the order of the Ottoman Empire .

2 the Putna Monastery- Suceava

The Putna Monastery is, without any doubt, one of the most famous monasteries of our country. It has been built upon the desire of Stephen the Great, since 1466. In only 4 years, the Putna Monastery has been completed, and a few years after, Stephen the Great ordered also the building of the Royal Courts, cells, the defence wall and the Treasury Tower. All these constructions have been completed in 1481.

Unfortunately, during the years, the Putna Monastery faced many fires, earthquakes and attacks, but only with a few external modifications and transformations, the religious place has been rapidly brought to initial form.

The  building is a very imposing one and receives every day hundreds of tourists from Romania but also foreigners.

3 The House of Ion Creanga – Iasi

Moldavia was the native region of many important writers, among which Ion Creanga, who has cheered up our childhoods with his stories about Ozana, the clear and nicely running water.

The House of Iasi(“Bojdeuca”) is the place in which Ion Creanga has lived his last years of life, respectively, 1872 – 1889. Here you can admire some of the personal things of the writer, exhibited in two rooms. Here, in this house, the poet Mihai Eminescu has been a guest for a few months,  1876.

The house has been built in 1850 and it has been inaugurated as a museum in April, 1918. This way, it became one of the objectives forming the Museum of the Romanian Literature.

4 Metropolis of Moldavia and Bukovina – Iasi

Having quite an imposing and impressive aspect, the Metropolis of Moldavia and Bukovina attracts thousands of visitors, every week.

The Metropolitan Veniamin Costachi was the one who had the initiative to build the Metropolis of Moldavia and Bukovina. Its construction began in 1833, and the Viennese architects (Gustav and Johann Freiwald) have chosen the Neo Classic style. The works lasted till 1841, and in the last years, the construction has been performed under the indications of the Russian architect Sungurov.

Unfortunately, in 1842 the works have been interrupted because the Metropolitan Veniamin has been forced to give up his Seat. More, the resistance of the central vault has doubted due to its very big dimensions, and in spite that different solutions have been tried, the works of the Metropolis have been ceased for 40 years.

In 1880 the construction of the Metropolis is restarted and the work shall be completed in 1887, when the sanctification of the cathedral occurred, event that has represented a true feast for the whole country.

5 Ruins of the Royal Court – Bacau

The Royal Court of Bacau was actually the residence of son of Stephen the Great, Alexandru and, in the same time, it was the administrative, control and organisation centre of the “Tara de Jos”(Low Country).

Here was also the place where Stephen the Great was stopping when he was participating in certain political meetings or processes.

According to the archaeological discoveries and traces of material civilisation, it seems that this Royal Court has been erected in the second half of the 15th century. Now, from the Royal Court, only a ruin and a cellar made of two chambers have remained.

6 The Memorial House of George Bacovia – Bacau

The Memorial House of George Bacovia, situated on the street with the same name of the city of Bacau, is a reference point in the cultural itinerary of the respective region. The poet George Bacovia has lived in this house (at that time, on the No.7 Liceului Street) more in his vacations, when he was coming to his parents. Being a student of the Law School of Bucharest, Bacovia was frequently visiting his parents in Bacau, and in the memorial house, he wrote “Note de primavara”(Spring Notes), one of the most loved and admired odes dedicated to Spring.

The house of the poet has been transformed in museum in 1971, and the visitors can find here the violin, the piano, portraits of his parents and their pieces of furniture.

7 The Royal Court – Piatra Neamt

The Royal Court of Piatra Neamt is an oasis of silence, situated actually in the middle of the city. It has been erected during the period 1468 – 1475 and it has been opened to the public 25 years ago (1986).

Now, the Royal Court offers to the visitors the possibility to see materials and documents related to the construction attested in 1491.

8 The ruins of the Geto- Dacian Fortress of Batca Doamnei Piatra Neamt

The Fortress of Batca Doamnei is, according to the discoveries and  analysis carried by the founder of the Museum of History of Piatra Neamt, the oldest historical monument of the city. More, the fortification is one of the most impressive of the whole Moldavia.

The ruins of the Geto –Dacian fortress have been discovered in 1928, but the important researches and excavations began almost 30 years after. The discoveries were shocking considering that these are standing since the 2nd century B.C.

9 The Old Centre – Botosani

Although it has been subject of a rehabilitation and arrangement of a pedestrian area, the Old Centre of Botosani did not loose any of the ancient charm. Here the visitors can discover buildings with patrimonial value, building standing mostly, since the 17th century.

10 The Church “Taierea Capului Sfantului Ioan Botezatorul” (The Beheading of the Saint John The Baptist)- Vaslui

Other church erected at the request of Stephen the Great is the “Taierea Capului Sfantului Ioan Botezatorul” (The Beheading of the Saint John The Baptist) of Vaslui. It has been built on the place of  other church and first, impresses by the scenes of “Iisus Pantocrator” (Christ Pantocrator) from the internal and  “Judecata de apoi”(Last Judgment).

The visitors can discover here, religious objects since the 18th century, among which, you can find religious books and icons.