The Princely Court in Piatra Neamţ
The Complex is located at 1 Ştefan cel Mare street, Piatra Neamţ, Neamţ county.
The impressive architectural complex of the Princely Court, a real symbol of Piatra Neamţ, is the biggest attraction of the cozy town located just under the Pietricica (Little rock) peak. It includes the St. John the Baptist Church, the Belfry and the Princely Court Museum, which used to have an administrative role.
The church dates back to the end of the 15th century and is a masterpiece of the Moldavian architectural style. The exterior built from brick and stone, stands out through the annealed ceramic discs and the beautifully adorned facades. The church houses valuable objects such as chandeliers, icons and old books. The belfry with four bells, dates from 1499 and it used to have a strategic importance in the past. From here you could observe the valley of the Bistriţa River and the access towards Neamţului Fortress and Roman.
In the museum you can admire the permanent exhibition with archeological artifacts discovered mainly in this area.
Inside the Princely Court Complex, you can visit three other interesting museums: The Cucuteni Eneolithic Art Museum, the Art Museum and the Ethnography Museum.
Did you know?
In 1861, a large clock brought from Vienna was put up on the belfry of the Princely Court.
The state of conservation of the Princely Court is good, as recent renovation and consolidation works were done to the entire complex.