Bucovina - Romania’s Region of Painted Monasteries.
These churches are unique in the world for their fully frescoed exterior and interior walls.
Bucovina is a synthesis of the variety, harmony and beauty of Romanian landscape, its richness of relief with mountains, tablelands, gorges, hills, fields, and valleys, its rivers, streams and lakes, its forests, flora and fauna.
The Eastern Carpathians extend from the Ukrainian frontier in the north to the Prahova River Valley far south. These and the sub-Carpathians occupy the western two-thirds of Bucovina, while in the east lies the Suceava plateau. The mountain region is made up of a series of parallel ranges (named “obcini”), oriented in a roughly north-south direction.
Life in the rural environment is simple and complex at the same time: people still follow strict rules of behaviour and maintain ancient traditions, but modern life brings conflicting values even to the remotest villages. A land harmoniously inhabited by various nationalities, Bucovina has withstood the most radical transformations of time and fashion, and has preserved its unforgettable way of life.
The Church of St. George of the Voroneţ Monastery is possibly the most famous church of Romania.
It is known throughout the world for its exterior frescoes of bright and intense colors, and for the hundreds of well-preserved figures placed against the renowned azurite background.
The church of Voroneţ that Stephen the Great built included the chancel, the naos (nave)with its tower, and the pronaos(narthex).
The impressive number of churches to be found in Bucovina, Romania, with their fine exterior and interior frescoes, have been preserved and handed down from mediaeval times, and because of their uniqueness and artistic value, were added to UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List in 1993. There is, indeed, no other place in the world where such a group of churches, with such high quality exterior frescoes, are to be seen.
The church of the Sucevita Monastery was included on the UNESCO Heritage List on 1 August 2010 and is the only church that includes a representation of The Ladder of St. John.
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