Mihai Eminescu is the most famous poet in Romania; everywhere in Romania you'll find statues of him, and streetnames bearing his name. In Botosani, this is still more the case, because the man was born in Botosani. In Strada 1 Decembrei there is a house with a plaquette which tells that this is the place where Eminescu was born.
The local museum of Botosani tells the history of the city and its region from the prehistoric times until the recent history. It is hard to refuse the guided tour in the museum, even though the women guide doesn't speak english.
This is a very nice park, just south of the pedestrian Strada Unirii. In good weather conditions, it is a good place to hang around. There is a lane in the park where men are playing all kind of games, like chess and rummykub.
The markets of Botosani on friday were an interesting authentic Romanian experience. It is very busy there, flowers, vegetables and clothes are being sold. Botosani is an important market town for the surrounding agricultural region.
There is a big jewish cemetery on the Strada Mihai Eminescu, a few kilometres from the city centre. The cemetery is closed by a wall and a locked gated, and there are dogs guarding the place. If you want to visit it, contact the jewish community. Tombstones are from the 19th and 20th century mainly.
In the beginning of the twentieth century, more then 15000 jews were living in Botosani. Most of them had professional jobs or were shop owners. There were about 70 synagogues in the city. There are only two or three of them left, and one is still functioning as a synagogue. The synagogue was built in 1834. From the outside it is not so special, and it is surrounded by dull apartment blocks. It is defitely worth seeing the synagogue from thew inside, as it is one of the few frescoes synagogues in Romania. On the ceiling there are paintings of the tribes of Israel.
The old centre of Botosani is small; there is one street (Strada 1 Decembrie) and a square. The building on the picture is the beginning of the Strada 1 Decembrie, next to the Calea Nationala, the main road in the city.
On the central square in the old heart of Botosani, there is a memorial to the Romanian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.
It is not easy to get inside the synagogue. If you want to visit the synagogue, contact the jewish community in Botosani.
Hotel Rares is one of the most beautiful buildings in the old centre. It is the most baroque building on the picture.