Traveling to Bacau?
Similarly to most urban centers in Moldavia, Bacau emerged on a ford that allowed water passage. There is archaeological evidence of human settlement in the centre of Bacau (near Curtea Domneascǎ) dating from the 6th and the 7th centuries; these settlements were placed over older settlements from the 4th and the 5th centuries. A number of vessels found here are ornamented with crosses, hinting that the inhabitants were Christians. Pechenegs and Cumans controlled the Bistrița valley during the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries. Colonists played a significant role in the development of the town. Archaeological finds, some surface or semi-buried dwellings from the second half of the 15th century, suggest that Hungarians started to settle in the region after 1345–1347 when the territory was under the control of the Kingdom of Hungary. They mainly occupied the flat banks of the river Bistrița. Discoveries of a type of 14th-century grey ceramic that has also been found in Northern Europe also suggests the presence of German colonists from the north. Originally the town focused around the Roman Catholic community that settled near a regular local market frequented by the population of the region on the lower reaches of the river.
Bacau, considered a people-friendly city, liveable and hospitable, has large parks, in particular the delightful and very romantic Park of the Roses. A University town situated in a predominately agricultural region, the city houses numerous orthodox monasteries and has a strong cultural identity.
The local “Iulian Antonescu” History Museum houses important finds from the Dacian era. Excellent examples are found also in the Ethnography Museum and in the Natural History Museum. The “Vasile Anestin” astronomic complex is well worth a visit.
The Precista Church, built by Stephen the Great, is one of the most representative of Bacau. The churches, historical buildings andmuseum complexes make up an interesting tourist route.
The tour of the orthodox monasteries in the region of Bacau is a wonderful experience.
Although not known to be on the tourist trail, Bacau is worth a visit for its almost untouched historical heritage and for its cultural identity of which the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra Filarmonica has been an ambassador for decades.