Introduction

Târgu Neamţ (literally 'German Market') is a quiet market town which wouldn't figure on most travellers' itineraries if it wasn't for its proximity to the Neamţ county monasteries. The half-dozen or so major monasteries in the surrounding area lack the colour of Bucovina's painted monasteries, but they certainly have historic cred and, more importantly, they're still very much working monasteries. This lends a feeling of living spirituality that sometimes gets drowned out by the tour buses pulling into the painted monasteries to the north. Târgu Neamţ's own claim to fame is the Neamţ Citadel, a 14th-century stronghold that repelled invaders for nearly 300 years.