The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Suceava

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
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iulia
Dublin, Ireland138 contributions
Beutiful
May 2021
Voronets especially is well worth a visit. The mastery of paintings is amazing and quite unique. Loved it.
Written 4 November 2021
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania6,913 contributions
The point of interest as it is defined is not accurate - but here is some explanation.
Aug 2021
First things first - to shed some light (due diligence sometimes makes the difference):
1. the painted Monasteries are not located in the city of Suceava - they are scattered in the historical region of Bucovina! - not all of them are in Suceava County - the majority are but not all of them!
2. It is not 1 church 1 monastery there are several - out of the several there are 8 that are listed on the UNESCO world heritage list - those 8 are the followig:
2.1 Gura Humorului Monastery
2.2 Voronet - probably the most famous.
2.3 Sucevita - probably the most well preserved.
2.4 Moldovita
2.5 Arbore
2.6 Probota.
2.7 "Sfantul Ioan Cel Nou" - this 1 is in Suceava
2.8 Patrauti
- so make no mistake - is not 1 there a more ...
3. Not all of the Monasteries were erected by king Stephen the Great and Holly - he ordered the building of a great deal of churches - but the for the painted monasteries not all were built by the order of King Stephen (even my fellow country men tend to rely on word of mouth rather than historical facts).
4. The outside paintings were done - for the majority of the painted monasteries during the reign of King Petru Rares! - (king Stephen preferred the more "clean" approach that can be seen at Putna Monastery where you shall find his tomb also.)
So to sum it all up - when you say "Painted Monasteries of Bucovina" keep in mind that it is not 1 church not 1 place !
5. The colors are fading and the painting is degrading every year - majority of them lasted almost 500 years - but the secret of the paints and the mixture of the material was taken to the grave by the master painters who did this work - so unfortunately currently is no way to reproduce those colors and potentially repaint the outside walls that degraded by the elements.
... and yes all of those are interesting and yes all worth visiting and yes you shall the time and effort to visit at least those from the UNESCO list - as listed a few lines above.
I hope it helps to separate myth from fact and gives you a better insight to these true gems of architecture ....
PS: only a few pics attached to this review, as samples - for more information and more pictures search each church/monastery 1 by 1 - all have decent reviews and pics on TA.
Written 19 September 2021
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Olesia
Chernihiv, Ukraine27 contributions
Exciting Architecture and old frescos
Sep 2019
I wonder when I saw the architecture of Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. I haven't seen anything the same or similar. Buildings are so unusual and big and high. When I come inside the church I was excited about its beauty. So amazing frescos! You need to look at it even once. This painting is saved so many centuries. It's really holy place. Here you are feeling peace and calm.
Written 10 April 2020
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OlgaStotskaya
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine46 contributions
Wonderful
Dec 2019 • Family
Very beautiful monastery! I liked the atmosphere there. The yard is nice, mosaics inside and outside.
Written 20 February 2020
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Claire
58 contributions
Important part of romanian history
Feb 2020
These monasteries are a must visit for anyone wanted a taste of the real romania. Dedicated by Stefan Cel Mare after victories in battle, they are covered in intricate and beautiful artwork. The paint used is a natural recipe that cannot be recreated, making them hard to maintain and protect. Despite this, they are beautiful and complex and the fading from the wind in some sense only makes them more interesting. There is also "graffiti" (carvings in the stone walls on some of the monasteries), some of them from over 200 years ago, that is interesting to see.
Written 11 February 2020
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njw_to
Toronto, Canada298 contributions
Amazing frescos
Aug 2019 • Couples
The fact that the frescos have survived is amazing. Our favourite was Arbore which is small and not as well kept as the others. We were among the only people there which made it very peaceful. All of them are a bit different so it is worth seeing them all.
Written 1 December 2019
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Sheps5558
Devizes, UK275 contributions
Fantastic!!
Oct 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed the tour of the Monasteries. However, we went from Suceava and went anti clockwise to avoid the tourist coaches.
All the monasteries were amazing but I was captivated by the tower at Humor which is an experience.All the monasteries had a charge of 5 lei (£1).
At Guru Humorului we stopped for lunch at Le Hanu Cotu Buhii one of the few places on the route.
This is a beautiful journey & one I would recommend.
Written 23 October 2019
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MKW
3 contributions
visiting 4 of the monastries
Sep 2019
Great experience! I booked a tour via AXA travel, with Gigi. He is a very good guide, and has a lot of interesting information.
Written 25 September 2019
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Don H
Sohar, Oman53 contributions
Incredible
Jul 2019 • Couples
I was first inspired to visit these Monasteries by a TV program over 20 years ago. Seeing the Monasteries close up did not disappoint. In fact they are even more exceptional than I remembered. Any visit to Romania should include a trip to Bucovina region. Suceava township is a good place to use as a base.
Written 2 August 2019
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HapyGuy7
Bluffton, SC1,620 contributions
Fascinating
Jul 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed all the monasteries we saw, Varonet, and Sucevita etc. Historically interesting and the paintings were amazing. Be sure to dress properly get a good GPS the monasteries are poorly marked
Written 28 July 2019
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