Archeological discoveries confirm that the land on which lays the city of Suceava has been inhabited since the earliest days, starting with Stone Age. In the XIV century (1388) Suceava is mentioned as the capital of Moldova.
The Citadel of Suceava was built at the end of the XIV century, when the danger of Turks invaders became apparent. The citadel not only had a history rich in events and combats but was also often the last standing stronghold against the invaders. The citadel was never conquered.
The Bucovinean Village Museum: cultural and architectural patrimony of Bucovina It was conceived as a traditional Bucovinean village, the open air exposition includes 80 traditional monuments (buildings): church, school, peasant houses, workshops and saloons.
Suceava is also famous for the numerous monasteries found nearby; the most important monasteries are:
Voronet Monastery is the most renowned monastery of Bucovina, due to the extraordinary blue frescoes unique in the world. Also called “The Sistin Chapel of the East” or “The Pearl of Bucovina”, the Voronet Monastery is on the UNESCO monument list for its artistic value. The monastery was built in 1488 by Stefan cel Mare and it is homage to Saint Gheorghe. The exterior frescoes were painted in 1547
Moldovita Monastery is situated 52 km from Suceava. The monastery was built in 1532 under the reign of Petru Rares. It was fortified in the second half of the XVI century. The inside and outside frescoes give a certain artistic value to the monastery, they were painted in 1537 by the painter Toma from Suceava. The dominant colour of the frescoes is green.
Sucevita Monastery was built after the death of Stefan cel Mare (1591) by Gheorghe Movila bishop of Radaut and Simeon the brothers of Ieremia Movila ruler of Moldova. The frescoes are preserved in good conditions, they were painted by Ioan the Painter and his brother Sofronie from Suceava. The church with big dimensions lies on the premises of a fortification. The monastery’s museum houses the objects and belongings of the Movila family.
Situated at 56 km from Suceava the village of Marginea is well known throughout the world for its black pottery. The procedure the potters use for making the black pottery is old and unique in the world.