Judging by its small centre alone, Suceava would hardly seem Moldavia’s second-biggest town; however, it has sufficient urban sprawl to ensure runner-up status. While Suceava can’t compete with Iaşi in things cultural or learned, it does make an incredibly useful and affordable base for visiting fortresses and the Bucovina monasteries, with myriad worthwhile tours offered. Suceava also has good eats and rudimentary nightlife.
As Moldavia's capital from 1388 to 1565, Suceava thrived commercially on the Lviv–Istanbul trading route. It boasted approximately 40 churches when Ştefan cel Mare’s reign concluded in 1504. However, stagnation followed a 1675 Turkish invasion. A century later, Austria-Hungary took over.