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Moldovia Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Churches of MoldaviaName as inscribed on the World Heritage List

TypeCulturalCriteriai, ivReference598UNESCO
regionEuropeInscription historyInscription1993 (17th Session)The Moldovia Monastery (Romanian:
Mânăstirea Moldovia) is a Romanian Orthodox monastery situated in the commune of Vatra
Moldoviei, Suceava County, Moldavia, Romania. The Monastery of Moldovia was built in 1532 by
Petru Rare, who was Stefan the Great's (in Romanian tefan cel Mare) illegitimate son. It was founded as
a protective barrier against the Muslim Ottoman conquerors from the East.


1 History
2 Frescoes
3 Trivia
4 External links

Stephen the Great, the King (in Romanian Domnitor) of Moldavia from 1457 until his death in 1504,
fought 36 battles against the Ottoman Empire, winning 34 of them.[citation needed] He was very
religious and built churches after many victories. Stephen's illegitimate son, Petru Rare, who ruled
Moldavia from 1527 to 1538 and again from 1541 to 1546, promoted a new vision for Bukovina
churches. He commissioned artists to cover the interiors and exteriors with elaborate frescoes (portraits
of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus).
The best preserved are the monasteries in the towns of Sucevia, Moldovia, Vorone, Humor, Suceava,
Pătrăui, Arbore and Probota. These eight monasteries—including the Monastery of Moldovia—were

the "Tree of Jesse" springs from a recumbent Jesse at the foot of the wall to marshal the ancestry of Christ around the Holy Within it.htm Church of Romania on Orthodoxwiki http://www.placed on UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993. External links         Wikimedia Commons has media related to Moldoviţa Monastery.htm http://www. Moldovia's frescoes were painted by Toma of Suceava in 1537.html 1968 The monastery of Moldovia was depicted on a Romanian postage stamp in 1968. a hidden place above the burialvault. Sister Maika. built by Voivode Petru Rare. The predominantly yellow-and-blue paintings on its exterior represent recurring themes in Christian Orthodox art: a procession of saints leads up to the Virgin enthroned with the Child in her "The Last Judgment" covers the entire surface of the west wall with its river of fire and its depiction of the sea giving up its dead to judgment. says that it is "the holy scriptures in color".ici. as the Painted churches of Moldavia. above the narrow east window.romanianmonasteries. Tall arches open the porch to the outside and daylight. The "Siege of Constantinople" commemorates the intervention of the Virgin in saving the city of Constantinople from Persian attack in A. 626 (although the siege depicted is rather the Fall of Constantinople in 1453).manastiri-bucovina. Trivia Moldovita on stamp of Romanian post. who has been living in the monastery for more than 50 years.html Moldoviţa Monastery Coordinates: 47°39′25″N 25°34′16″E .net/~romania/Churches/moldovita_pictures.Photos from Romania : Moldovita Monastery http://www. is one of the eight monasteries in Northern Moldavia with frescoes painted on the outer walls.go.html http://www. Frescoes Frescoes Frescoes This monastery. Moldovia and Humor are the last churches built with an open porch. and with Gothic-style windows and doors.cloud9. They are filled with yellow accents and are well preserved.

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