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Voronet Monastery

Not far from the city of Gura Humorului, on the valley of an affluent of Moldova, one of the most beautiful monasteries was built more than five centuries ago. The frescoes decorating the exterior and the interior, the originality of the paintings and last but not least the blue colour – so blue –, denote the geniality of the Moldavian artists who, with an acute artistic...

Sucevita Monastery

Situated in an area where the beauty of the landscape and the overwhelming silence urge one to return to his own self, Sucevita Monastery is considered to be one of the most refined constructions. Possessing an outstanding architecture, covered with frescos and paintings which are a delight for the viewer and having in its patrimony church works of great artistic and...

The Slatina Monastery

Alexandru Lapusneanu’s achievement rises proudly and imposingly 30 kilometres from Falticeni, in an area of rare beauty. The story of the monastery’s building goes back a long way in remote, yet vivid legends. They have it that a lone priest lived here who had had advised ruler Lapusneanu to build a monastery on the place where a sycamore maple grew. Thus, the legend has it...

The Holy Trinity Church from Siret

Situated in the mountainous area of the high Moldavian plateau, on the bank of a river, Siret is, probably, one of the oldest towns of Moldavia likely to be founded at the same time with Baia and Radauti. It was going to become an important urban center where trade flourished due to its positioning on the commercial road connecting Liov and the Black Sea. The economic...

Saint Nicholas of Radauti

The locality of Radauti was founded, like the localities of Siret and Baia, before the appearance of the Moldavian feudal State and has acquired a certain importance. Although very old, the place was rarely mentioned in the historical sources. The beauty of the landscape, as if from fairytales books and the fact that it was here where the oldest stone architectural monument...

The Rasca Monastery

After passing by the villages Bogdanesti and Rasca, one runs into the church built by Petru Voda Rares, situated into a forest. The monastery underwent several reconstruction periods during the centuries. The construction initially built in 1542, in the ordinary style of the epoch, of reduced dimensions, with an archaic plane and adorned with fresco paintings, was to be...

The Putna Monastery

We know about Putna that it was the first monastery built by Stephen the Great. Moreover, the ruler wanted it to be his place of eternal rest. Thus, like Bogdan I and Alexander the Good, Stephen the Great meant the monastery to be the ruling family necropolis. Stephen the Great proved his appraisal towards the church by the numerous gifts he made. As mentioned in the Putna...

THE CHURCH OF THE FORMER PROBOTA MONASTERY

Between Pascani and Dolhasca, across the well-known Lespezi fair, having lied for more than four centuries on a close hill, there is the church of the Probota monastery. Petru Rares founded this construction, enjoying architectural solutions ingenious for that age and possessing a painting of inalterable beauty. Finished in 1530, it inaugurated, beside Humor, and...

Saint Cross of Patrauti

Old settlement, the Patrauti village unfolds a long history through the centuries, reminding us of the beginning of the Moldavian State’s glory age. Surrounded by mysterious forests, away from the world, it carries legends in which the dominant figure of Stephen the Great becomes omnipresent. Not far away from Suceava, on the old road on the bank of the river, Stephen the...

The Moldovita Monastery

Moldovita Monastery was built in 1532 by the care of ruler Petru Rares. The famous assembly is made up of a ruler’s house, hermitages, 4 defence towers and the church. Defended by strong walls of more than 6 metres high and 1.20 metres thick, the monastery gathered a slight aspect of fortress. But this does not affect the charm of Moldovita monastery. It is known that,...

The Humor Church

At the end of the 15th century, during the reign of Voevod Alexander the Good, the vornic of Humor built a rock church for the monks, to the wood hermitage of Humor village. Under the ruler’s care and later on under Stephen the Great’s care the Humor monastery developed beside it. The church built by village chief Ivan turned into ruins during the first decades of the next...

The Dragomirna Monastery

The monastery of Dragomirna was built in a marvellous area, close to the forest, beyond the village Mitocul Dragomirnei, 12 kilometres from the town of Suceava. Metropolitan Bishop Anastasie Crimca, son of Suceava merchant Ioan Crimca and Cristina established the foundation, from the kinship of Stroici. Another little church had been built in 1602, previous to the building...

THE CHURCH OF MOTHER MARY'S DORMITION

Close to the foundation attributed to Stephen the Great, his son, Voevod Petru Rares, built in 1532 a church being patronised by Mother Mary’s Dormition. Built without a spire, with only one apse – that of the altar – retreating from those of the nave engraved in the thickness of the walls, having a rectangular plane it denotes a great simplicity just like the construction...

THE WHITE CHURCH OF BAIA

Baia is one of the oldest settlements in Moldavia, attested by documents in 1334-1335, twenty years earlier than the date known as the date of Dragos Voda’s “dismounting” / “colonisation”. Few things are known about Baia. Its name seems to indicate the existence of some mines, as mentioned in an 1835 map of Russian provenience. No precise information is held about the...

The Arbore Monastery

Like the churches of Dolhesti and Balinesti, that of Arbore is situated in a place where the last segments of the Obscina Mountains’ crests meet those of Palin Mountains and where a shred of water completes this superb décor as if made by God for the Moldavians. Legend has it that Arbore was Magister of the village, a great nobleman loving God and the people. In 1503 Luca...

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