Synagogue and more churches
In the center of Suceava on Str. Dimitrie Onciu you will also find a synagogue. If you are interested in more churches then check out the Armenian one, or the new one at the end of Str. Veronica Micle. Then there is the Mirautilor church or the Zamca monastery.
Bucovina Village Museum
This open-air museum lies on the hill opposite the city center. When you walk up the hill you first arrive at the Stefan cel Mare monument. From there you can take the small path follwing the sign if it's not wet and slippery. Otherwise just follow the road which will take you right around the museum and lets you have enough peeks to make up your mind about actually entering it.
Gateway to Bucovina
We flew to Suceava from Bucharest on Tarom. Met at the Stefan cel Mare airport by the proprietors (thanks Irina) of the B&B (Leaganul Bucovinei) we'd booked over the internet.
We'd come to tour the famous painted monasteries of Bucovina, but had a sunny Sunday to take in the sights of the town itself.
A busride from our accomodation (on the outskirts of town) took us thhrough the suburbs to the centre in less than half an hour. The ton has some attractive old churches - all in use by the faithful on Sunday.
"A Fort on a Hill"
Suceava's name apparently derives from the dacian for 'fort'. A short stroll across a small valley and up the hill reveals Cetacea del Scaun, plus a series of restaurants and a wooden well.
"Prince of Moldavia"
Stefan III was prince of Moldavia in the 15th century. His huge equestrian statue dominates the valley (when viewed from the steps of Maccas)
MOLDAVIA AND BUCOVINA.
"History, culture,nature and religion."
I never will be abble to write all the beauty than your eyes could see in this part of Romania. I confess I´m in love with this country, but if I must choose between all the corners, regions, landcapes than you can find here I´m sure I will choose Moldavia and Bucovina.
I must apologise for not having what, perhaps, you are looking for in this page, so this is some info about Suceava. But I think that a travel to the nort of Romania is not only visit a city or a place, is more than this. When travelling you must open your eyes, hear the sound of the place you are and finally, close your eyes and disappear among the people, the mountains, the small villages.....if not, you are a tourist, not a traveller and this is not your page.....
It doesn´t matter when you travel here. Summer is great, with moderate temperatures, Winter is terrible, fantastic for thouse than love snow and ice, but for me Autumn is the most. Then, the nature give us the best of its colors and the landscape is a present for your eyes....
The tittle of this page talk about nature, culture, history and religion. Yes!, religion. There are some places here where the time stopped long time ago, when the silence is real, when the hand of the man put a small part of heaven in Earth....
Painted Monasteries Of Bucovina Pt 2
Inside the church, the iconostasis in gleaming gold draws the eye. unders the painted cupola.
"Over the pass"
Leaving Moldovita, we headed back toward Suceava, up across the mountains. Traces of snow remained on the fields amongst the pine trees.
Cousin It like haystacks dotted the slopes.
We stopped by a hairpin bend halfway up the pass, where Irina bought pgaily painted easter eggs from an old couple selling from a stall on the roadside
The monastery and church at Suceivita is the newest of the sites we visited. It huge walls and watchtowers must has diuaded marauders from the 16th Century to the present.
Since the fall of communism, more nuns have returned, and still work their fields. There is a small museum of precious relics and documents in the compound. From the hill behind the size of the structure is shown to best advantage.
"Ladder of Virtue"
The most famous of the frescoes depicts the ladder to heaven. On one side the saints assisting the virtuous to heaven, whilst visious demons tempt the weak into damnation. Lovely religuion huh?
"You are heading straight to hell!"
This poor chap is hanging on for grim death while the demons grapple at him. I don't see any of those virtuous saints helping out down there. probably a little below their higher ideals!
"Crocuses in a churchyard"
The coming of spring was all around us - The churchyard here was on the hill behing Suceivita. Rather appropriate given that the easter festival was not far away.
And thence it was back to Suceava after a full and enjoyable day. Cost of car and guides for the day - 85 Euro.