Bucovina has a rich history and it is the land of monasteries. It is a great destination to go all year round because there are plenty of amazing things to see in this region. For example…
Putna Monastery: In the Middle Ages, Stefan the Great rulled over the historic region Moldavia between 1457 and 1504. He built many of the monasteries which still stand today. Putna Monastery is one of them. It was built in 1466 and it is an important cultural and religious center. It includes a museum with monks’ art.
Voronet Monastery: Built in 1488, by Stefan the Great as well, it has a unique shade of blue, Voronet blue. It is considered the Sixteenth Chapel of the East, because apart from the special colour it has an impressive number of paintings.
Agapia Monastery: It was built between 1641-1643. Here you can see: two churches, the bell tower, frescoes painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, a faimous Romanian artist, and more.
Humor Monastery: It was built in 1530 and it has two impressive towers. From one of them you can see the church very well, but the stairs are very hard to climb. Therefore, be careful and don’t climb all the way to the top unless you know that you don’t have height sickness or balance problems.
Arbore Church: It was built in 1502 and it has numerous paintings on the outside walls.
Moldovita Monastery: It was built in 1532 in gothic style. It is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Moldavia and it is a symbol of Romanian Orthodoxy.
Other important attractions in Bucovina are:
The Seat Fortress of Suceava or Suceava Citadel
It is a medieval castle was built in the 14th century, during the reign of Petru II of Moldavia. It has two citadels: a rectangular citadel in the middle and Stefan the Great built another one around it. Around the citadel there is a defensive wall. When Suceava used to be the capital city of the Principality of Moldavia, the castle was a princely residence. Nowadays it is a symbol for Suceava and a popular touristic attraction.
Memorial House of Ion Creanga
Ion Creanga (1837 – 1889) is one of the most important Romanian writers and he is considered a classic for Romanian Literature. The memorial house was built by the writer’s grandfather, Petre Ciubotariu and it is where Ion Creanga grew up. Next to the house there is a museum, with characters and scenes from his stories. Mondays it is closed but it is opened for the rest of the week between 10:00 – 18:00 from March to September, and from 9:00 – 17:00 from October to March.
The Princely Inn (Hanul Domnesc)
This used to be a hunting house for the imperial family during Habsburg occupation. Nowadays, The Princely Inn hosts the Ethnographic Museum of Suceava. Here, you can see objects which used to be for hunting and everyday life back then, as well as Romanian traditional costumes and pottery. On Mondays it is closed but it is opened for the rest of the week between 10:00 – 18:00 from April to October, and from 9:00 – 17:00 from October to April.
When to go: it is a great destinations for all seasons, because it is a popular destination for ski too. Though, if you want to walk around it is more comfortable to go in spring or smmer.
Accommodation and food:
We stayed at Casa Bunicilor, which means The Grandparents’ house, a bed and breakfast built in the traditional Moldavian style. We stayed in an authentic house which was refurbished after its original style. It makes you feel like home. They also have a restaurant where you can eat traditional food. During our stay, some of the traditional dishes which we tried are: chicken ciulama with mushrooms, omelet with mushrooms (mushrooms are very popular in this area) and Radautean Soup.
Tips: If you are a student have your student card with you, because some museums offer student discount.
Enjoy your trip!