Revista „Cercetări istorice” – XXXIX / 2020


Beginning with the second half of the 19th century until the first half of the 20th century, some members of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Dynasty visited the historical regions of Romania in order to know better the realities of the country they ruled, but also to get in touch with their subjects. Whether we are talking about official or less formal visits, the region of Moldavia was a constant presence on the itinerary of the Royal House of Romania’s members, and Neamț County was no exception.

During his long reign, Carol I undertook several trips to the city of Târgu-Neamț and to the nearby monasteries. His example was followed by King Ferdinand and Queen Maria during peacetime and wartime. As commander of a special army corps, during First World War, Carol II was a more constant presence in this area. Last but not least, King Mihai I visited the County of Neamț at the age of eighteen. The proof of the latter visit consists in the few words left in the guest book of ”Ion Creangă” Memorial House.

Written and visual testimonies regarding the royal visits to Neamț County, which are kept in the National Archives of Romania and in other cultural institutions, provide an original touch to this article and complement the documentary sources related to this topic.