DOLHASCA, SUCEAVA

Schools

Dolhasca residents have a wide range of educational establishments at their disposal with ten primary schools, ten kindergartens and a high school.

Workplaces

Many of Dolhasca’s Roma people are connected to guilds involved in blacksmithing, musicianship, or spoon-making.

Many also work in agriculture, animal husbandry, trade or handicrafts. The latter is the most common practice among Roma, for many of them the main source of income.

In Dolhasca there is a cooperative founded within the Romano Kher - Casa Roma group, developed by Asociatia Romano ButiQ. Currently the cooperative has just a few members, but its legal representative wants to turn it into an important source of income for many Romanian and Roma people and also to keep alive the tradition of Dolhasca’s traditional blacksmiths base, which is several hundred years old.

People

About 10,300 people live in Dolhasca, according to the most recent census conducted in Romania in 2011.

Of these 83% are ethnic Romanians, and about 13% are Roma. 

Places

Situated in the north-eastern Romanian county of Suceava, the city of Dolhasca has a feeling of newly attained poverty throughout, which is largely due to the fact that Dolhasca’s administrative status devolved from being a commune to a city in 2004.

Dolhasca’s administrative structure includes the villages Budeni, Gulia, Poiana, Probota, Poienari, Silistea Noua and Valea Poienei.
Located in the Moldavian Plateau, Dolhasca has important beech and oak forests.

The town is distinguished by its ancient buildings. Among the best known are Probota, constructed in 1530 by Prince Petru Rares, son of Stefan cel Mare, the renowned ruler of Moldavia.

Probota is a Romanian Orthodox monastery and one of the eight buildings that comprise the churches of Moldavia UNESCO World Heritage site. Prince Petru Rares was buried there as are a number of his royal relatives.

Another fascinating site is the Church of the Virgin Birth in Poiana, a place of worship built in the mid-nineteenth century by local noblemen. The building is remarkable because the towers were built in the shape of four human fingers of one hand.

The church has been included in the list of historical monuments in the county of Suceava since 2004.