Suceava Things to Do

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Most Recent Things to Do in Suceava

  • Visit the tourist information office

    by LorrettaJ Written Sep 8, 2014

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    I recently travelled to Suceava and visited the tourist office. It looks like a fairly new building / office and I had to ask quite a few people on the street before I found it. Everyone I asked had no clue where it was (sidenote: look for Hotel Bucovina and it's tucked away next door). Visit the office for free maps and information!

    The lady in the office was very welcoming, informative and she spoke excellent English. As I was only in Suceava for the day, I didn't have the time to visit the wider area such as the Bucovina Monasteries. But the lady at the office pointed out lots of things that I could do and see in the city.

    In the end, I visited the Bucovina Village Museum (I would recommend it to learn more about Romanian village life) and right next door is the "Cetatea de Scaun". Visit here for a great view of the city and to take some nice photographs, there isn't a lot else to do there! Also be warned that it is literally a building site, workers and machinery moving all over the place working to refurbish and rebuild it. So if you have mobility problems, be carefully. The bright side is that there are a few restaurants and bars near the village museum and Cetatea de scaun.

    I also went to Hanul Domnesc (an Inn. It has information in many languages but not really much to shout home about).

    Turnul Rosu and Manastirea Zamca are pretty picturesque places to see and are free to visit but the creme de la creme is the city Cathedral "Catedrala Arhiepiscopala" which is just breathtakingly beautiful.

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    GORGEOUS RURAL SCENERY

    by balhannah Written Feb 25, 2014

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    Suceava county has lovely natural scenery, but is there any rural agricultural land that isn't a farm?
    Well, the answer is yes, plenty!

    From the city of GURA HUMORULUI, we drove along route 2E along undulating hills towards Targu Neamt. The road is very good and they are building another new road.

    The scenery is like a patchwork quilt done in two colours - chocolate brown and bright green with villages added to the scene. Fields have been ploughed and worked and run in different directions, it is a real picture, and one I stopped by the side of the road to take many times. It would be wonderful to see it from the air!
    This type of scenery stretches for miles and miles, intertwined with small traditional villages and some larger towns.
    It was a drive I thoroughly enjoyed!

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    UNESCO HUMOR MONASTERY

    by balhannah Updated Feb 23, 2014

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    Humor Monastery was among the most important monasteries in the 15th century in Romania.
    Great Chancellor, Toader Buboig built this Monastery in 1530, which is also known as the Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, and is dedicated to St. George.

    This Monastery is not the original that was documented by "Alexander the Kind" in 1415. Even though the old one disappeared mysteriously, we can still see the ruins of this first church. Over time, the Church was robbed and plundered and even the Four Gospels of Humor were stolen several times. Miraculously, they were returned to Humor Monastery every single time and they are there even today!

    The entrance is an open porch framed with scenes of saints and holy men. From the porch you enter into the narthex, and further into the tomb chamber and the nave. The vault, located above the burying place, is where valuables were kept in days of upheaval.
    It is without a Tower, not typical of Churches in this region, as it was built by a nobleman and not by a ruling prince.

    The exterior of Humor is covered with religious frescoes. You will find Saints, Holy Women, Martyrs, Prophets, Bishops and much more. On one wall, is the siege of Constantinople, showing a series of events that led to occupation of the Byzantine capital by the Turkish in 1453. Another has images of the ‘Mother of Lord with child’, the ‘Last Judgment’ and 24 stanzas / scenes from the ‘Hymn of the Holy Virgin."

    The inside of this Church is decorated with Byzantine frescoes, which make them unique in the Orthodox world. Only these five Monasteries -Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita, Arbore and Humor are decorated both inside and outside with Byzantine frescoes.

    When you enter, you pay an ENTRY FEE & CAMERA FEE.
    The Camera fee only allows for exterior photos - NOT INSIDE THE CHURCH
    You will be watched inside to make sure NO PHOTOS ARE TAKEN

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    HUMOR MONASTERY DEFENCE TOWER

    by balhannah Written Feb 23, 2014

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    Humor Monastery is surrounded by walls and has an interesting defence Tower. The Tower was built by Ruler Vasile Lupu in 1641 and is high enough to contain three floors. It wasn't open to the public. Surrounding the Tower and the Church was lawn and flower beds in which Tulips were flowering.

    Defence Tower Defence Tower Tulips in the grounds of Humor Monastery Map of the Monastery
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    UNESCO LISTED VORONET PAINTED MONASTERY

    by balhannah Updated Feb 22, 2014

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    Stephen the Great, Church of St. George, The Sistine Chapel of the East are all names the Voronet Monastery has been known by.
    An old Romanian chronicle has in its records, that Stephen the Great founded Voronet Monastery in 1488. He had this done to fulfill a pledge to the hermit Daniil, who wanted the ruling Prince to chase the Turks from Wallachia, which he did by winning the battle.

    The monastery took less than 4months to build.

    The interior paintings date from 1496 and 1550 and the exterior was painted between 1534-1535. The main colour of the exterior of the Church is "Voronet blue." The paintings on the church walls have all been done by unknown Masters, except one who has signed his name near the entrance door.
    Many of the religious scenes depict how the Moldavian people lived during that time. I didn't know what Moldavian people looked like, Romanians would! Why I say this, is because the Angel frescoes have faces of Moldavian women, and the archangels are blowing a Romanian shepherd's musical instrument similar to an Alpenhorn.
    All the souls are carried to HEAVEN wrapped in Moldavian towels, where-as the souls doomed to HELL, wear turbans just like the Turks - Moldavia's fierce enemies at the time.
    Look and you will see biblical scenes, prayers, The Last Judgment and The Ladder of St. John, apostles, evangelists, philosophers, martyrs, angels and demons added in 1547. Portraits of ancient Greek philosophers, such as Aristotle and Plato, are featured in the Tree of Jesus fresco.

    You will notice that on one side, the walls are really faded, and on the other side, where there is more shade, the paintings are in quite good condition.

    Today it is a nuns monastery consecrated to St. George. The Nuns run a painting workshop and provide guided tours of the monastery for visitors.

    The Monastery is situated behind high walls, so you have to pay the entrance fee to see it.

    WARNING!

    Even though I bought a camera ticket, the ONLY PLACE YOU CAN TAKE PHOTOS IS THE OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH
    THE INSIDE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN - SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING THAT THIS RULE WASN'T BROKEN!
    VERY DISAPPOINTING!

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    TOWN OF VAMA - SUCEAVA

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2014

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    We are still following road DN 17 and have come to the outskirts of Vama. Before we enter the town, we have some wonderful views over the town and the surrounding mountains from the higher ground we are travelling along. Worth stopping for some photos!
    We then head through the town and find a couple of Churches. The Church "Pentecost" with some murals on the exterior, was only built in 2012.
    The other I can't find info on!

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    CATHEDRAL @ CAMPULUNG MOLDOVENESC

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2014

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    In Campulung Moldovenesc, Suceava, I found a beautiful Orthodox Cathedral. The Cathedral was built between 1908 - 1913 and is dedicated to the "Assumption." It was consecrated in 1913.
    The church is built in the shape of a cross and ends with a 38 metre tower guarding the Holy Cross. What I really liked, was the roof covered with multicolored tiles that have been made into patterns. These came from Vienna.
    With its shiny patterned tile roof, and the white exterior, this Cathedral really grabbed my attention!

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    PORTAL OF CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    Located a little further on from the village Carlibaba, is the village of Cârlibaba Nouã. Keep a lookout for the Church that is located on DN 18, as it has a beautifully carved entrance portal. I wanted a photo, I think you will too!
    Sorry I can't find any information on the Church.

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    Check out the Manhole Covers

    by Orchid Updated Apr 12, 2013

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    Well, this is an odd hobby of mine, but I'm always taken by manhole covers bearing a city coat of arms or the like.

    In the central plaza ( Bucovina Estul) of Suceava (where the bus from the suburbs drops you), walk up the pedestrian mall toward the market and St Dimitru's church. Amongst the flagstones decorative manhole covers show the 1481 Coat of Arms of Moldavia

    Moldavia Coat of Arms

    Manhole cover - Bucovina Esstul, Suceava

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  • Good base area to tour painted monasteries

    by ddlucy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Suceava area is a good base area to tour the painted monasteries of northern Romania.

    We had 2 kids - so a 1 day tour of the monastaries was plenty. You could easily spend 2-3 days.

    The Painted Monasteries are a must see!!

    The Hotels in Suceava looked fine -- not far from SAuceava are some nice B&B's

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  • Walk in the Park

    by Jetgirly Written Mar 6, 2011

    Need some fresh air? Head to McDonalds! Well, head to the McDonalds parking lot, and then look for a narrow path heading into the woods. This path wanders over the river and through the woods, gradually winding up towards the top of the hill. Along the way you'll pass a monument to Stefan cel Mare and a giant Easter egg before reaching the top, with views of Suceava's rooftops and access to both the fortified citadel and Bucovinian Village Museum. It's an easy walk up that takes less than thirty minutes, but you'll need to be in good shape as the path can be slippery and there are many uneven stairs.

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  • Get Fortified

    by Jetgirly Updated Mar 6, 2011

    As one of the easternmost cities in Romania, Suceava spent the Middle Ages and Renaissance under constant threat of attack from the Ottoman Empire. At one time Mehmet II led his warriors into the city, and it was only the strength of the City of Residence Citadel (Cetatea de Scaun) that saved Moldavia's then-capital. Stefan cel Mare (quick- what does "cel Mare" mean?) continued to make improvements to the fortress... which was then blown up by the Turkish army in the 1600s. Archeologists and other experts began re-building the fort after World War II, and the work has continued ever since. They'd better work quickly, though, as the soft earth below the fortress is slowly and pulling the fortress down with it! Suceava's citadel is so important to city culture that the top football team in the city has a name that translates roughly to "Suceava Fortress"! Today visitors cross a wide wooden bridge to enter the site, which they can then explore freely- taking in tall towers, wide walls and a kind-of-creepy underground museum. Entrance is less than five lei, there's a similar photo tax, the site is closed Mondays and hours correspond more or less with daylight.

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  • Wander Through a Traditional Romanian Village

    by Jetgirly Written Mar 6, 2011

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    Romania has a number of open-air museums celebrating the nation's pastoral traditions. One of the most compact and therefore most accessible is the Muzeul Satului Bucovinean (Bucovinian Village Museum) in Parcul Sipote, just outside Suceava's city center. You can easily access the museum by foot simply by climbing the stairs behind the McDonalds at Piata 22 Decembrie. The museum itself is full of actual houses (and other buildings, such as a church) that once resided in the Bucovinian countryside. The more than eighty structures were then filled with original furniture, decorations and household objects. Visitors are free to wander in and out of many of the buildings, and to explore the grounds. This would make a great afternoon excursion for a family with small children, or for anyone interested in architectural or rural history. Entrance fees don't top five lei, so it's affordable as well. During the summer the museum is closed on Mondays, while during the winter it is closed on weekends. Hours typically correspond with daylight.

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  • Remember Stephen the Great

    by Jetgirly Written Mar 6, 2011

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    Stefan cel Mare (or in English, Stephen the Great) has lots of Romanian boulevards named after him, and features prominently in the Voievodes Statuary in Iasi. The monument to this former prince of Moldavia is located in an isolated clearing in Suceava's Parcul Sipote, and if you walk through the forest to reach the citadel your path will lead you right past this statue. Stefan was a noble leader of Moldavia and protected them against planned invasions from the Hungarians, Poles and Turks, as well as helped preserve the local religion through his support of many of Bucovina's painted monasteries. For these reasons he earned the title "cel Mare" ("the Great"), and I want you to remember that "mare" = "great" when you finally make your way to Sibiu in Transylvania. Ha! Surprise language lesson!

    Monument to Stefan cel Mare, Suceava
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  • Celebrate Easter on a Grand Scale

    by Jetgirly Written Mar 6, 2011

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    For some reason I always believed that Vagreville, Alberta was home to the largest Easter egg in the world. Imagine my surprise when I found out Suceava was trying to steal Alberta's title! I had to see for myself, so I climbed the hill towards Suceava's citadel and found myself face-to-face with a giant egg... rising only 7.25 metres high! That's almost two metres smaller than Vagreville's signature "pysanka". Yet time and again I would hear Suceava's egg be referred to as the largest in the world (there are lots of websites still making the same claim!). People! Get your facts straight! Regardless of its global competitors, people walking near the citadel in Suceava will want to check out the egg for themselves!

    Suceava's Giant Easter Egg
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