Nativity of St John the Baptist Church

Moldavia & the Bucovina Monasteries

St John Church dates from 1498 and was originally part of Ștefan cel Mare's Princely Court complex. It has a lovely but sombre interior. Standing in front of the church is a free-standing, 19m-high tower that served both as a bell tower and watchtower. You can climb up for views out over the town.

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