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The Throne Fortress


GPS (47.644802093506; 26.270290374756)
district Suceava
region Suceava
locality Suceava
category Military history attractions
year 1388
ethnic Romanians


It is placed on a terminal spur of the plateau situated 70m hight over the grassland of Suceava. The fortress was built at the end of the XIVth century by Peter the Ist Musat and was fortified in the XVth century by Stephen the Great and destroyed in the XVIIth century (1675) by Dumitrașcu Cantacuzino. Today, Suceava Fortress is in ruin. The complex includes the following objectives: the Musatin fort (from the XIVth century), the outside enclosure (1476-1478), the defence ditch (from the late XVth century), the counterscarpe wall (from the second half of XVth century). The fortress of Suceava (u gorodea Soceavea') is mentioned for the first time in a document issued on February 10, 1388 by the Moldavian voivode Petru I. Petru Musat built in Suceava a fortified castle which served as Voivodal residence. The castle had the shape of a regular quadrilateral, with equal opposite sides (the east and west sides had 40m, and the south and north ones had 36m). At the outside, each corner of the fortress, but also in the middle of each side, there were square defence towers (bastions) with the side of 4m.