The Scheia Fortress


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Up, on the hill of Septilici, there is the West Fortress of Suceava, also known as the Scheia Fortress. Strategically located at 80 meters height from the Lunca Sucevei (Waterside of Suceava), the ruins offer a fantastic panorama on the whole region.


Although it is full of signification, having the oldest traces of  a stone construction from Suceava region and even Bucovina, the Scheia Fortress is the “objective without history”, being destroyed before being completed.


The fortification has been erected during the ruling years of Petru I Musat and after a short while, at the beginning of the 15th century, it has been demolished. Now, from the grandiose fortress, built with great art, in a rhomb form with equal and parallel sides, only ruins remained. The only thing that you can still see is the tower of the West side.


Further more, the fortress is nor recorded in any official document of those times, its history has been sent only from the elders.


Neither for the local administration it has no interest, although it is at only one kilometre from Suceava. The place can be a silence oasis for the ones who want to get away from the urban agglomeration. Unfortunately, the road to the West Fortress of Suceava, can be quite and adventure. The natives from the region do not know a thing about the fortification and correct you, guiding you to the representative objective of Suceava, the Citadel of the Throne.


The Administration never put the problem of an access road. There is not even a sign to announce the existence of the West Fortress. A few natives know that at the fortification you can arrive on a forest road, situated on the edge of the Mihail Sadoveanu Street from the town, the county capital city. After you pass through a forest on a chaotic mountain path, you expect to finally arrive to the strategic importance fortresses, the monasteries and the princely courts with tall stone walls, which would grandiosely erect on the end of the hill.


Instead, the paths pass through one part to other, directly over the ruins traces. Not even a sign or an inscription is talking about the place’s history. There is only one iron foot of what it was once, probably, a sign which was marking the important fortification discovered more than half a century ago.


After this visit, the visitor remains only with the top view on the Scheia commune.

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