Romanian monasteries like an open book

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From an architectural point of view, the outer walls of the churches try to be symbolic and not particularly scenic. Internally, most likely, already decorated with taste and abound in frescoes, icons and paintings. But it is not always the case. The soft nature of our houses of worship, perhaps part of what makes the painted monasteries of Romania’s so incredible. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the 15th and 16th centuries, painted monastery of Bucovina each year is visited by thousands of tourists to marvel at this extravagance.


Although much of Romania keeps up with the times, but there are places where people cling to the past. Tucked among the rural villages and the painted monasteries of Bucovina. They also take us back to the distant past.


On the walls of the churches that have survived over 500 years, from the floor-to-ceiling murals depict scenes from the Bible, the scenes from the life of Jesus Christ and details on important Christian figures. One of the best preserved monasteries Voronet, covered with blue paint so unique that its composition remains a mystery even today. Just as Titian is inextricably linked with the color red, “Voronet” has become synonymous with blue. The fact that these monasteries as a work of art remains largely intact and can be enjoyed by visitors today – impressive. It’s like pieces of centuries and a piece of art, is not subject to severe wind and rain.


Interestingly, these masterpieces, some of which are fine examples of Byzantine art in the world, were the product of the inability of people to read. Churchmen wanted to convey to illiterate villagers the Bible story in pictures, so that it was clear and understandable to all.


Do not be surprised if you hear a loud noise and clatter. If you look around, you are sure to see a nun or monk issuing knock mallet, which is here the traditional call to prayer. Many centuries ago, when the territory was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the bells were banned, so the religious Christian communities have found different ways of communicating and the announcement of its intentions.

The most well-preserved monasteries are close to Suceava. As the largest city in Bucovina, this is a great springboard for day trips to Romania to visit cultural, historical and natural monuments.

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