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“Take a taxi” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sucevita Monastery

Sucevita Monastery
DN17A, Suceava 727510, Romania
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Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Suceava
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Owner description: This 16th-century painted monastery boasts thousands of images against a green background.
Ancona, Italy
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“Take a taxi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The sky had been clouding over since lunch, and by the time we reached Sucevita it was raining heavily, so all that was possible was a hurried look round, sheltering as much as possible under the wide eaves of the church. But I wasn't disappointed. This is the iconic monastery, the super-romantic one with the open square of towered walls spread out on the hillside, the one I'd seen in so many photographs and which I'd particularly set my heart on seeing. Now I had seen it.

We then drove back to Gura Humorului, arriving in the late afternoon. We'd set off after breakfast, and been to Voronet, then into town for me to buy a pair of scissors and get a hole punched in my belt, then we'd gone to Humor, then back to town for a couple of drinks in the Zero Cafe, then out to Moldovita, then to Sucevita, then back, all in all over a hundred kilometres, taking maybe three or four hours. The taxi-driver (he spoke some English) was friendly, calm and helpful all the time, and the whole experience was completely stress-free. And it cost far, far less than I had thought. Outside Bucharest, Romanian taxi-drivers are fine, and in Gura Humorului they're great. The only problem is in Bucharest.

(On the way back from Sucevita to Gura Humorului we could easily have stopped off at Arbore - the driver suggested it - but by that time I was tired. And I'm sure there would have been no problem if I'd wanted to stop for half an hour at the famous Egg Museum at Vama.)

Visited October 2012
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“Spectacular fortified monastery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Completely walled, you really get a feel for life inside the monastery in a bygone era. Scenery is pretty, ambiance is calm and the church is often filled with worshippers. Out of the way location keeps it a nicer visit than some of the more popular monasteries in the region. One of the top 5.

Visited October 2012
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Suceava, Romania
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Don't miss it if you plan to visit Romania. Except the fact that is one of UNESCO monuments you will find a great combination between nature, sacred and well preserved eco-regiune.

Visited March 2013
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“Magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is stanning...the paintings specially outside make your eyes wider...It lasted in such a perfect condition for about 500 years..We should use such paint now!!

Visited November 2012
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Iasi, Romania
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“Jewel of Bucovina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Exceptional monastery like others from Bucovina. Marvelous lansdscape inside the monastery and outside. Very important values in the museum monastery like embroidery, silversmiths, illuminated manuscripts, wood carving, icons. Come and visit that great monument of history and art.

Visited November 2011
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