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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.