Cuza was born on March 20, 1820 in the city of Barlad. His father was Ioan Cuza and came from an old family of boyars with administrative functions in Moldavia. His mother was Sultana Cozadini part of a Greek-Italian family from Constantinople. Young Alexandru had a good education in boarding school, studying in Iasi under Victor Cuenin Frenchman. He took high school diploma in Paris and started the Law and Medicine but didn’t finish its.

Entered as a president in District Court of Covurului (1849 – 1851; 1855 – 1856) and got married with Elena Rosetti on April 30, 1844. Miss Elena was the daughter of a Minister for Foreign Affairs and the sister of Theodor Rosetti. Because Elena Rosetti couldn’t have kids, Cuza bear away from her and found a mistress named Maria Obrenovici. She gave him two sons that were raised by his wife. Cuza didn’t drink a lot, but he loved coffee and card games.

Cuza was chosen the ruler of Moldavia on January 5, 1859 and in Wallachia on January 24, in the same year. In Moldavia he was chosen without a division and in Wallachia, because now one heard about him, this situation was discussed in Hotel Concordia. A day later he was chosen with one voice in Wallachia. The phenomenon of the United Principalities could be done thanks to the favorable international context. Because of the wars and other problems Austria and Turkey accept double election of Cuza.

He initiated a series of internal procedures aimed at unifying the state apparatus through administrative arrangements. Cuza united: post, the monetary, military, centralize administration and the telegraph. Customs services were merged, were formed the Central Committee and the Court of Cassation. He also opened The University of Iasi on October 26, 1860.Monstrous coalition, consisted in plotters and people that were against Cuza government obligated him to abdicate in the night of February 22 1866. They believed that he wanted to make a personal government. Because Cuza he did not take action against plotters and admitted he would surrender the throne to a foreign principle he`s abdication could be done. Cuza leaved the country and took refuge in a locality close to Vienna. He passed away because of ill health at 53, on May 15, 1873. His coffin was put on Three Hierarchy Church from Iasi.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza remained in Romania’s history and memory as the first person who founded the modern state.

Bogdanesti Monastery is a place of good deeds that can be found in Bogdanesti village located in the county of Suceava. A trip in this beautiful place makes all tourists to feel that generous and good people still exist.

In the 14th century, Bodan I, voivode of Moldavia (1363-1367), and his wife, Miss Mary made this monastery and initially named it “Hermitage Bogdanestilor”.  Bogdanesti Monastery was constructed to be the prayers place and also the royal church.

Bogdanesti Monastery was first made from wood and survived without any problems until the 16th century. In 1510 the Tartars destroy this edifice and one year after, monks try to rebuild it with the help of Bogdan III the Blind (Moldavian ruler, 1504-1517). For a long period of time this settlement was a Monks Hermitage. This fact was declared in documents in the 16th century. Later, between the 17th and the 18th century this place was mentioned as a Nuns Hermitage. Bronze statue of voivode Bogdan I is the first thing that stand in from of the curious tourists that want to appreciate the Bogdanesti Monastery.  This statue was built as collateral power and value of this edifice.

The today’s monastery is made by stone to resist during times. The interior of the monastery hosts carved oak furniture and its pictures which are presenting the fresco technique. Near the church, there was a Bell Tower, sanctums, a 20 m fountain and a monument dedicated to Bogdan the Voivode. All these structures are surrounded by a stone wall.

“Iov hermitage” or “Iova glade” is the place of hermitage for monks around this monastery. Hermit Iov lived here to honor God. With the help of Divinity he could do miracles and foretelling bad things for people. He gathered around him 15 monks and created this hermitage. The priest Gheorghe Loghinoaia rebuilt this wonderful monastery in 1994. Since then Bogdanesti Monastery is devoted to “St. Elijah Tesviteanul” and secondly to the “Birth of Virgin Mary”.  In 1995, around the church was established the philanthropic Christian settlement “Protection of the Mother of God”, in order to provide shelter and food to several elderly people without financial and maintenance possibilities.

Between 2006 and 2010 was made a new building for philanthropic Christian settlement “Protection of the Mother of God” that offers better living conditions for poor people from this area of Romania. Humanitarian deeds and the beauty of the landscape is making Bogdanesti Monastery perfect destination for a holyday or a tip.

Putna Monastery situated in the city of Suceava, in Bucovina region, is known as the “Jerusalem of Romanian Nation”.  Is one of the most important edifices built by Stephen the Great, ruler of Moldavia region.

Poet Mihai Eminescu stayed here several nights and he was fascinated about this monastery and he named it “Jerusalem of Romanian Nation”. Nowadays, Putna Monastery has a tower that takes the poet’s name and is called Eminescu’s Tower.

In Moldavian chronicles was mentioned that Putna Monastery was initiated in 1466 and finished in 1469. Ruler (Romanian: Voievod) Stephen the Great built Putna Monastery to celebrate the victory of Chilia and to create his family a place to rest in peace. Here visitors can find buries of Stephen the Great, his last wife Maria Voichita, his second wife Maria de Mangop, his son Bogdan the Blind and other family members.

The chronicler Ion Neculce said that Stephen de Great drew a bow and where the arrow felled he constructed the beautiful Putna Monastery. Putna Monastery suffered during time several fires, landslides and others transformation which kept the history of this memorial place. In the 15th century a big fire destroyed the monastery’s hermitages and part of this building. Also, battles with other nations damage its walls. Anyway, this monastery resists stoically in front of all happenings, good or bad.

Tourists that visit Putna Monastery will be happy to find that Treasure Tower is the only one that was preserved since its beginnings. In old days, in this monastery were hidden valuable things, to be protected by thieves or enemies.Is well known that under this monastery is buried a big part of Stephen the Great’s family.

Known as one of the most important spiritual, cultural and religious unit of Romania Putna Monastery charms all tourists with its grandeur fortress and wonderful panorama.

Discover Romania and enjoy a few hours in peace, connecting with the true essence of you.

Romania is a beautiful country with lovely traditions and folklore. Each region of Romania has different traditions and cuisine. All ingredients and techniques of combining food make them diverse and delicious.

Transylvania region is presenting the cabbage soup, “balmus”, “bulz”, papricas, stew with smoked dishes and many more. “Balmus” is a great recipe that contains flour, cream, butter; looks like polenta (Romanian: mămăligă), but it has a sour taste. “Bulz” is another recipe that is similar to polenta and contains: bellows cheese, kaiser, bacon, a little bit of cream and a little bit of butter. The traditional bacon (Romanian: slănină) is the food that people will find in every season, being used for several dishes preparation. Most of the Transylvanian dishes use pork meat, vegetables, milk, cheese and eggs. To get the sour taste on soup the locals use vinegar or cabbage juice. They also use lard and stewed onions and a little browned flour (Romanian: rântaş) as a substitute for oil.

In Maramures region locals serve guests with goulash soup (Romanian: gulaș la ceaun), dumplings with vegetables (Romanian: colțunași cu legume), soup with corn and cheese, pancakes with cheese and greens. Homemade bread is cut only after locals make the sign of the cross on it. People from Maramures always invite visitors in their houses, because they are very hospitable. They serve them with their traditional brandy (Romanian: pălincă) and every meal can be eaten only after a pray.

In the region of Crisana travelers will discover unusual, but delicious recipes. Here visitors can try “Oxen on cabbage juice” a dish from 150 years. This recipe contains corn flour, cabbage juice (Romanian: moare) and oil. From the corn flour are made dumplings that boil in cabbage juice. Another old traditional dish is “Nudlic with poppy” which is prevalent in all regions under different names. This recipe contains: potatoes that are boiled, spiced, are minced and knead with the egg, flour, and oil. It looks like pastas and are serve with poppy and grated lemon rind. After a good meal it is time for something sweet such as sweets dumplings with nuts and jam (Romanian: colțunași, also known as “Tasche cu pegmez”). One of the most famous dishes is made from beef and pork meat with vegetables, prepared usually outside the house in a big cast iron pot (Romanian: bograci). The plate has a Hungarian influence and offers a great occasion for outside activities.

The traditional food of Oltenia is famous worldwide for its prepared in traditional pots made of ground. The most used vegetable in Oltenia is leek which is not as spicy as onion. In this area tourists can also discover and taste tasty pickles and sour soups. People from Oltenia promote a nourishing and very delicious meal. Cake with sour milk it is a local delicacy which is resembled with polenta and its served at breakfast or as a snack combined tomatoes, cheese or milk. Local food is spiced with horseradish, pepper, parsley and lovage.

Travelers that visit Oltenia need to taste the leek soup, leeks with olives, Oltenian stew. As a main dish visitors can try chicken ciulama with polenta, which looks like stew, and is made with flour, cream, spices, parsley, and chicken meat. The homemade sausages are famous because its delicious and unique taste.

People from Banat love well cooked food and a plentiful table. They are famous for their homemade cakes and this sweet desert is never missing from their houses. Beside all, Banat cuisine contains: noodles soup, paprika with potatoes, cooked cabbage with sausages, and crispy pastry. Sponge cake with poppy seeds, also known as “beigli” (a smaller sponge cake) is a great dessert for all kind of guests. Soups are made with homemade noodles and chicken meat. For a sour soup, people from Banat use lemon and put a lot of cream. Noodles are also use for sweet foods and are combined with cheese, nut, milk, poppy or cabbage.

Muntenia locals use for their dishes: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and pastas. Here travelers can eat Vegetable-Rice Soup, tripe soup, ciulama (traditional dish with mushrooms with sour cream). For a sour soup locals usually use borsch (Romanian: borș). To prepare all this good meals people use butter, oil and also lard. Colored sauces are made with tomatoes or broth. Tourists will also appreciate musaca, bird meat, chicken stew (Romanian: ostropel), stufat de miel and other recipes that include fish. Musaca is a cake with vegetables, ground beef and cream. Stufat de miel is a recipe made for Easter table and contains: lamb, vegetables, tomato paste and vegetable juice.

Dobrogea cuisine. Most of the recipes contain a lot of fish, venison, pork meat, bird meat and also beef. The locals use plenty of vegetables and fruits for a healthier life. Tourists can taste here salads combined with eggs, cheese and cream, Dobrogean pie, musaca, and plum soup. Basic preparations are serve with rice, vegetables garnish or pasta.

Moldavia region is known for its eye-catching places, but has also good dishes to be tried. All Moldavian foods are served in big plates and special combinations. Here dishes contain pork meat, beef, potatoes, cereal and cabbage. Polenta and the Romanian cabbage filled with ground meat, rice and spices (Romanian: sarmale) are always present on the table. The most popular dishes from this region are: chicken soup or borsch, pork barbecue, patties of beef and lamb, grilled marinated fish, dumplings (pieces of dough filled with jam, minced etc.) with fresh cheese, potatoes or meat. For all those who prefer lights and tasty food they need to try.

For a Romanian exclusive culinary experience travelers need to discover the Romanian tasty dishes, from each region, because all of them have different influences.

Michael the Brave was a Romanian prince, one of the greatest personalities of the Romanian history.  He was the Prince of Wallachia in 1593–1601, Prince of Moldavia in 1600 and the ruler of Transylvania in 1599–1600. He is considered one of the most powerful reigning and national heroes. Also he is seen by the Romanian historiography as the first author of Romanian unity.

Michael fought with Ottoman Empire from 1594 until his death. One of the most successful battles led by the ruler was: Battle from Calugareni where Ottoman soldiers were killed by Michael’s people. Though Romanian country won many battles with Ottomans, in 1597 the ruler decided to make peace with Turks. Also, Michael the Brave unified three Romanian lands: Romania Country, Moldavia and Transylvania.

The rule of Michael the Brave, with its break with Ottoman rule, tense relations with other European powers and the leadership of the three states, was considered in later periods as the precursor of a modern Romania, a thesis which was argued with noted intensity by Nicolae Balcescu – Romanian Wallachian soldier, historian, and journalist. This concept became a point of reference for nationalists, as well as a promoter for various Romanian forces to attain a single Romanian state. To Romanian Romantic nationalists, he was regarded as one of Romania’s greatest national heroes.

He is glorified such as a prince, who managed for a short time in 1600 to rule the three territories that were to be united 3 centuries later in modern Romania. He begins to be observed as a unifier only towards the middle of the 19th century.

In the writings of the Moldavian chronicler Miron Costin, Michael the Brave appears in the role of conqueror of Transylvania and Moldavia, “the cause of much spilling of blood among Christians”, and not even highly valued by his own Wallachians: “The Wallachians became tired of the warful rule of Voivode Mihai”.

After many years, his name is not forgotten, moreover a village in Cluj County, was named after Michael the Brave. Michael is also celebrated by the monks of the Athonite Simonopetra Monastery, for his great contributions in the form of land and money to rebuilding the monastery which had been destroyed by a fire.

Also, Romanian film director – Sergiu Nicolaescu, filmed a movie where is represented Michael’s life and battles. More than that, Romania’s highest military decoration, was named after Michael. Michael the Brave’s name and portrait appear on at least 2 Romanian coins: 5 Lei from 1991 and 100 Lei which circulated through the 1990s.

Stephen III of Moldavia, known as Stephen the Great was voivode and prince of Moldavia from 1457 to 1504. He was the son and co-ruler Bogdan II of Moldavia, who was murdered in 1451. With the support of Vlad the Impaler, Voivode of Wallachia, he returned to Moldavia after many years of living in Wallachia.

In 1457, Teoctist I, Metropolitan of Moldavia, anointed him prince of Moldavia. The Stephen’s reign was one of the most significant domination on Moldavian territory.

Stephen continued to pay a yearly tribute to the Ottoman Empire. He broke into Poland and prevented Casimir IV Jagiellon, King of Poland, from supporting Peter Aaron, but acknowledged Casimir’s suzerainty in 1459.

He was by his own account victorious in thirty-four of his thirty-six battles, and was one of the first to win a decisive victory over the Ottomans at the Battle of Vaslui, after which Pope Sixtus IV named him Verus Christianae Fidei Athleta (Latin: “Faithful Champion of Christ”) . He was a man of faith who displayed his piety when he paid the debt of Mount Athos to the Ottoman Sultan, ensuring the continuity of Athos as an autonomous monastic community.

With Wallachia and Transylvania, Moldavia was historically one of three principalities that shared Romanian identity.

The years following Stephen’s wars against the Ottoman Empire can be described as a “period of great architectural upsurge”. Stephen’s long reign brought considerable cultural development; many churches and monasteries were erected by Stephen himself. Some of which, including Voronet, are now part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

Stephen was seen as holy by many Christians, soon after his death. He has been canonized a saint by the Romanian Orthodox Church under the name “The Right-believing Voivod Stephen the Great and the Holy.”

The important masterpieces that was built by Stephen’s order are: St. George Church at Hartau, Voronet Monastery, Saint Nicholas Princely Church, Holy Cross Church in Volovat,  “Michaelmas” Church. The monasteries were built in byzantine and gothic architecture and mixed with elements of local tradition.

Stephen commissioned votive paintings and carved tombstones for many of his ancestors’ and other relatives’ graves.  The tomb room of the Putna Monastery was built to be the royal necropolis of Stephen’s family. Stephen’s own tombstone was decorated with acanthus leaves which became the featuring decorative element of Moldavian art during the following century.

Stephen also contributed to the development of historiography in Moldavia. After he ordered the collection of the old records of the history of the principality, at least three chronicles were written during his reign.

Throughout his reign, Moldavia was one of the most powerful region. Stephen the Great is until now a model of ruler for everyone.