Monasteries

Voronet

 

The birthplace of Voronet Blue and perhaps the most famous and stunning of the painted monasteries, founded in 1487 by Stephen the Great to celebrate a victory over the Turks

This beautiful and tranquil place is considered by many as the “Sixtine chapel of the east”, due to its marvelous frescoes placed on the west wall.

Whether you are interested in religion, history, art or architecture, you will be intrigued by the construction and decor — exterior and interior — of this beautiful monastery.

Humor Monastery

Situated in a beautiful setting, only 5 km away from Gura Humorului, was built in 1530 by High Chancellor Teodor Bubuiog at the command of Voivode Petru Rares, on the site of a previous monastery built before 1415.

The monastery is one of the religious masterpieces of Bucovina, being one of the first of Bucovina’s painted monasteries to be frescoed and, along with Voronet, is probably the best preserved. The unique touch to this wonderful place lies in its astonishing Byzantine paintings which cover both it’s interior and exterior walls

Sucevita

This beautiful religious place is surrounded by high walls and heavily buttressed defensive towers giving Sucevita the appearance of a fortress. Founded in 1581, Sucevita is a real masterpiece and a testament of Moldavian art.

At first the monastery was inhabited by monks but during the communist era, only nuns over the age of 50 were allowed to stay at Sucevita. Today it is a nun monastery, a peaceful place in which the sisters live a simple life of daily prayers, and growing their land.

Putna

 

The legend says that after his victory against the Ottoman Empire, Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare) let his adviser, Daniel Hermit, choose the area in which the monastery would be built, but that the exact place should be left to God’s decision. So Stephen went up a hill and shot an arrow to the sky. The church was then built around the tree in which the arrow landed and the tree is now part of the monastery’s museum.

The construction of this fairy tale place of worship took place between 1466 and 1469 and it was the first fortified church to be built by Stephan the Great, which also ordered to have it designed to be the resting place for the ruler himself and his family.

Moldovita

Probably the most impressive paintings from the eight UNESCO monasteries can be found on the walls of Moldovita’s church. Being dominated by colors like red, yellow and green, the frescos display certain common characteristics with the Humor one making us think that they had been painted by the same artist, Toma of Suceava.

 

The Ruler Petru Rares founded Moldovita in 1532 over the ruins of a stone church build by Alexander the Kind-Hearted(1400-1432), which had collapsed at the beginning of the 16th century due to heavy rains and ground sliding.

Biertan

This historic monument built in the 15th century, an architectural masterpiece, is illustrative for the entire area which was colonized by the Saxons of Transylvania.

 

This edifice is placed high on a hillock right in the center of the village, in the center of the transverse valleys boarded by vineyards, maize cultures and forests In 1993 it was included in the UNESCO world patrimony, being considered the most valuable of the seven Saxon attractions points included on that list.

Viscri

Viscri is one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The construction of the fortified church in the village center began in 1100 A.D. Nowadays, inside the church museum you can admire woven and embroidered textiles, pottery, and handmade agricultural tools, as well as traditional clothing and furniture.

 

From the fortification’s towers you can admire the village scenery, with its hills and meadows, as well as the authentic hand- tiled roofs of the houses and barns

Barsana

 

Truly mesmerizing, Barsana Monastery is a real masterpiece of wooden architecture. Dating back to 1391, this beautiful place surrounded by tranquility and gorgeous landscapes is also the tallest wooden constructions in Europe. Here you will be able to observe the simplicity in which the nuns of the monastery have chosen to live.

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