The Moldavian Region

The Region of Moldavia

Moldavia is a unique experience of culture, and authentic Romanian traditions in the middle of nature, or at least this is what tourists who are visiting this region of Romania are thinking. For the Romanians, however, the endless charm of nature, sweet wine vineyards, archaic customs and hundreds of churches visited annually by thousands of pilgrims.
It should be noted that the region of Moldavia is not the same as Moldova or Bessarabia, a former Romanian territory, which is now separated from Romania, and became an independent state. The Moldavian region in which we invite you to travel is located in north-eastern Romania between the Carpathians and the Prut River.
The Spectacular Bicaz Gorge and Red Lake, the largest natural mountain lake in Romania, located at the foot of the Hășmasu Mare Mountains, will make every tourist prepare their camera to capture the beauty of the landscapes.

The largest and most important city in the Moldavian region is the city of Iaşi. The first Romanian university (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University), the first literary memorial museum (Bojdeuca lui Creangă), the oldest theater (Vasile Alecsandri National Theater) and the first botanical garden (Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden) opened here. Wide markets, superb architecture, museums with valuable exhibits and animated university life have transformed this old city into one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Romania. The city is also called “Little Rome” due to its seven-hillside location or “The City of the 100 Churches” due to the numerous places of worship.

Tourists can enter the 19th century atmosphere that envelops the interior the of Cuza Palace in Ruginoasa, where a hologram of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza speaks to the guests. Also, an interesting place is Sturdza Castle from Miclăușeni with its neo-gothic exterior decorations that are unique in Romania and Art Nouveau interior paintings. There is also the largest private dendrological park, with an area of ​​30 ha. In the past, citrus and exotic plants, palm trees, were cultivated here.

From the very first sight, anyone will be convinced that the faith is very important in Moldavia, the area being recognized for having the most churches in the country, some being hundreds of years old – Agapia, Văratec, Neamţ, Sihăstria, Secu. Also, the churches and monasteries in the northern area of ​​Moldavia – Bucovina are princely foundations unique in the world with their architecture, the most well-known being: Sucevița, Bogdana, Patrăuți, Voroneţ, etc. The painted monasteries of Bucovina are included in the patrimony of UNESCO for their uniqueness. Voroneţ’s blue frescoes are unique in the world, the shade being similar to the clear sky, the place being called the Sistine Chapel of the East.

An unusual experience in Moldavia is a train ride with the Mocăniţa Huţulca and a stop at the Egg Museum in Moldoviţa, unique in the country and even in the world, through the artistic value of the exhibits. The museum has impressive collections of decorated eggs, painted in dozens of models and folkloric motifs, one of the traditions with which Romanians are proud.

Last but not least, the visit to Moldavia should include stopping in the Marginea region, at the black ceramic workshop, to see the last traditional potters in action, and a well-deserved stop at Hanul Ancuței (an inn), a symbol of the area, to taste dishes from traditional Moldavian cuisine.