Moldovita Monastery
Moldovita Monastery
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Founded in 1532, this monastery's frescoes recreate the siege of Constantinople.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Probably the most remote of all the painted monasteries and at a much higher elevation than other sites, this was our favourite. The site is quite compact but is so quiet and serene. It is smaller than Sucevita in particular but it is in a remarkably good condition with decoration dating from 1537. The paintings seem a little more refined and the colours to us appeared more vivid than some of the other monasteries in the area.Although all are worth visiting, if we were to choose one to visit, this would be it.
There is a 10 leu entrance per person in line with other similar buildings. There is parking near to the entrance.
Written October 23, 2022
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Built by the order of king Petru Rares - in 1532 (as mentioned in another review of mine not all the monasteries were built by king Stephen).
Visiting charge is 10 ron - about 2 euros , and you can park free of charge right at the entrance of the monastery.
The frescoes on 1 of the walls are still very complete and really beautiful - the other 1 that is exposed to the elements , well its only little left of it - still well worth visiting.
As in other monasteries taking pictures inside is not allowed (although the constant burning of candles for centuries damaged more the interior than the flash of a smart phone - but hey! its the rules of the place - no pics inside).
In the courtyard you shall see the bust of king Petru Rares.
Overall a beautiful place - a definite must see - and well worthy of inclusion on the UNESCO world heritage list ... go and see for yourselves.
Written September 21, 2021
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TravelingMMom
Boulder, CO212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Moldovita Monastery is one of many painted monasteries that are easily accessible from Gura Humorului (good base for hotel, restaurants) Other monasteries that I visited were: Putna, Humor, Voronet, Sucevita, and Humorului. I purchased a road map of Romania in a monastery gift shop ($US 4.75) with all the monasteries listed and there are at least 18 painted monasteries in the Bucovina region surrounding Suceava. The UNESCO World Heritage List calls this group of monasteries the "Churches of Moldavia" but I found that the Romanians refer to this geographic and cultural region as "Bucovina" which looks like Northern Moldova (without the "i") on most maps. Moldovita Monastery has fresco paintings on both the exterior and interior. These paintings are instructive scenes from the Bible, Saints and Martyrs, Donors and Patrons of the church, as well as the entire church year cycle, with a painting referring to each day of the year. In visiting various painted monasteries, you will see that some of the paintings are in their age-worn state either from being exposed to the elements outdoors or from the candles and incense burned for centuries indoors. Some monasteries have begun a cleaning/restoring process on the interior paintings. Some monasteries have no exterior paintings and all new paintings on the inside. I recommend that you visit numerous monasteries in Bucovina and discover the charms of each. The entrance fees for most monasteries is very low - 3 Lei ($US.90) but if you want to take photos within the walls of the monastery, there is a "tax" of 3-6 Lei. Even if you pay the tax, though, in some monasteries, you will not be allowed to take photos inside of the church. My tip is to do a combination of paying the tax (it's nothing!) to take pictures and buy postcards/booklets of paintings/icons you find interesting.
Written July 16, 2010
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MsLarsen
Modena, Italy319 contributions
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The monasteries have been built in Bukovina during the 15th-16th centuries at a time marked by the personalities of the Moldavian prince Stephen the Great (1457-1504), and of his son, Petru Rares (1530-1538; 1541-1546). Stephen the Great was an illustrious army commander, a defender of Christendom and a prolific promoter of culture.
The frescoes from Voronet, Humor, Moldovita, Arbore or Sucevita are all governed by a unifying spirit which is expressed on the one hand by the recurrence of artistic styles, means, motifs and scenes, and, on the other hand by the absolute harmony established between man's genius at work and the beautiful natural background against which the monasteries were set.
The monasteries in Bukovina are now UNESCO protected heritage sites.
Written October 23, 2009
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andrea z
Trieste, Italy42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
Simply marvellous . Stunning ancient building with amazing frescoes. Unique. Frescoes have gorgeous details.
Written September 28, 2020
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davidh400
New York City, NY129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
How many many flowers you see at the Moldovita monastery! It's a walled church/monastery with painted exterior walls and the beautiful flower beds and gardens and window boxes everywhere. Floral heaven in this little part of northern Romania. Stroll, contemplate, and wonder at the 15th century paintings and grounds. Take your time.
Written September 2, 2019
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Siegmar H
brisbane86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The monastery was built in 1532. It is covered with similar paintings as Voronet Monastery, but predominant colour is yellow. The Monastery is UNESCO protected, the same as Voronet and Sucevita Monasteries. It is beautiful and worth a visit.
Written June 3, 2019
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Mihaela C
Cluj-Napoca, Romania54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We've been there for Easter and the people and the atmosphere were great. The monastery is well preserved and Nun Tatiana was very nice. She explained to our kids the paintings and the historical details of the monastery.
Written May 13, 2019
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LadyNet
Sydney38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
I have been to many churches all over Europe, but this was a walk back in time to a Medieval era. A this is a must see! Well worth the trip across the mountains to see this living work of art.
Written August 14, 2014
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
If you travel to see the Sucevita monastery, make sure to pay a visit to Moldovita as well. It's smaller but similiar in architecture and paintings. Also really nice place worth seing even if not for spiritual purposes.
Written April 11, 2012
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