Painted churches of Moldova insribed into UNESCO's List

 

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Unique churches located in Moldova may boast extraordinary wall paintings inspired by Byzantine art. Their fascinating colourful frescos present Biblical scenes, events from the Holy Scriptures or Christian traditions. They are well-preserved. 8 of this kind churches were inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List. Frescoes' harmony and elegance perfectly blend with picturesque landscape. They cover all the facades.
Sucevita Monastery is a spectacular monastery built in the 16th century. It boasts the biggest number of frescos and the best-preserved wall paintings among all painted monasteries. They present also the ladder of St John Climacus. The monastery hosts the museum which give a chance to admire a rich and valuable collection of religious artifacts and icons, with the oldest painted icon from 1514.
The church of Humor was built in 1530 by not far from the ruins of the first church of the monastery. It was painted 5 years later by Toma from Suceava. Humor monastery was surrounded by defensive walls. Now, there is only the North-Eastern tower. The church is relatively small but it is valuable Bucovina's treasure. It is painted with a variety of frescoes including one illustrating the Return of the Prodigal Son as well as a “humorous” depiction of the devil as a woman. A very interesting collection of icons from the 16th century is displayed in the monastery.
Stephen the Great founded the another magnificent church of Voronet in 1488. It is famous for the exterior paintings. The interior paintings date from 1496 and 1550 and was extended in 1546 to the exterior walls. The monastery is particularly known thanks to "Last Judgment" painting considering to be a masterpiece of world art. Voronet Monastery is known as “The Sistine Chapel of the East”.
Other painted monasteries inscribed into World Heritage List of UNESCO are: Arbore Monastery, Moldovita Monastery, Patrauti Church, Probota Monastery and Saint George's Church/Saint John the New Monastery.

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