Manastirea Voronet
Manastirea Voronet
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This painted nun monastery is often referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of the East."
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Voronet Monastery built in 1488, its superb frescoes were added between 1547 and 1550 have led Voronet being dubbed the “Oriental Sistine Chapel”. We visited all the painted monasteries in the area and this was one of our favourites. Apart from the North Wall, the exterior paintings are still very much intact. Inside, the quality of the art is astounding. Due to its location it is one of the more popular sites although at the time of our visit in mid October, it was relatively quiet. There is a car park a short walk away where you are charged 2 leu. There are also toilets here.
Written October 23, 2022
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Laurentiu
Bucharest, Romania1,737 contributions
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Oct 2022
The Voroneț Monastery is a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voroneț, now a part of the town Gura Humorului. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County.
Part of the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina, the Voronet Monastery was included in the UNESCO Patrimony in 1993.
The access cost is aprox. 2 euro and you must visit it, if you're in the area!
Written October 1, 2022
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mega_viktk
Kyiv, Ukraine1,100 contributions
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Aug 2022
Ancient frescoes on the exterior walls with the adoption of Michelangelo blue colour. Frescoes in the interior are prohibited for photos. The church is active, you can buy candles, but install them in the "luminary", in the courtyard. Lots of souvenirs.
Written August 30, 2022
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SafirAlbastru
Iasi, Romania1,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
No matter how many times I saw this great and unique monument, always I look with different eyes, but this unique blue of Voronet will remain forever in my heart. About this unique UNESCO heritage you can read a lot on net, you will find complete informations. I write this review only for the mind, soul and heart. The peace in your heart you will find here. The beauty of authentique paintings you will find here. Ask your heart what you feel looking this great place and listening the explanation of an authentic monk Elena. If you come to visit Bucovina do not miss this great place full of history and heart.
Written September 3, 2021
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Alina-Simona V
Bucharest, Romania21 contributions
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Jan 2021
This is definitely a must see! It is really impressing and if you have the occasion don't miss it! History and art in one place. I also liked the small stores outside that sell traditional clothing at all price ranges, food and beverages. They were not exagerated and invasive like in all other touristic atractions. I also liked the fact that the entry and parking fee were not too high.. exactly as it should be.
Written January 6, 2021
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania12,974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Its more than 30 years since my last visit - I've been here last time when I was a child - but to be honest this August's visit left me mixed feelings about the place - but I'll focus on the artistic part value of the church and try to stay away form the religious aspects.
The church of the monastery of Voronet was built 1488 by the order of King Stephen "The Great and Holy" and got its exterior painting starting from 1547 by the orders of king Petru Rares - anther great king of Moldavia.
Those beautiful painting can be seen today at have their inspiration in the holy Bible. On the western wall is the a great painting of the "Judgement" - due to this great work the church has also a nickname " The Sistine Chapel of the East" .
But so much also already - the paintings from one of the 4 sides are completely undiscernible and lost forever - due to exposure to elements and the fact that they were not preserved in time before irreparable degradation. There are some walls where the teeth of time were gentle with this holy place ... but some ... well , go and see for yourself.
Entrance fee is 10 Ron and also you pay another 10 Ron for taking pictures - about 4 euro in total - so I would say very pocket friendly.
Overall a great place that is slowly but surely degrading so I urge you to visit while it is still something to be seen.
Taking pictures on the inside is strictly forbidden ... and also be careful on how you dress when visiting - don't forget it is a place of prayer at the end of the day - a very touristic one, but nonetheless holy grounds, so thread carefully.
Written August 28, 2021
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davidh400
New York City, NY127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I first visited this Church/Monastery back in October of 1987, and even back then it was a stunning and yet subtle experience. The exterior murals from the 15th century are still haunting in their simple power and intense color--especially the Moldavian Blue. This simple church is a kind of time capsule that transports an alert traveler back to a time of violence and walled churches. Yet there is peace in the church yard along with serenity.
Written September 2, 2019
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Gary T
Xinzheng, China525 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Family
Voronet Monastery is a monastery for women built in 1488 by Stephen the Great in honor of a victory over the Ottoman Turks. It is probably the most famous of the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina. Some of the outside paintings have faded, but most are pretty much intact. The monastery is still active and photos are not allowed inside, but the painting on the outside is still very impressive. It's a good 45 minute walk from town, but in nice weather it can be a very pleasant stroll in the countryside. No sidewalks, though. Most people might prefer to stay at one of the nearby hotels. There is also another pretty impressive Romanian Orthodox Church in Gura Humorului, and we stayed at a very nice new bed and breakfast about 5 minutes from the train station. I had never planned to visit this place, but a recommendation from a friend in the Romanian Army persuaded me to come, and I'm quite happy I did. Of course I'm a professional historian and things like this excite me. It's a bit off the beaten path, so it's highly likely you will be the only one you know who has ever been there, or even heard of the place. I have 73 photos of it on my Chinese and World History website in case you want to see more.
Written August 21, 2016
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RaduCostea
Cluj-Napoca, Romania277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
So, i`m not a religious guy, but this monastery is realy a peace of art. Actualy you willsee how the church use to indoctrinate the people in that times....with wall paintings because back in that period the regular people was illiterate.
But if your guide will me the nun Tatiana (she sepeak about 5 different languages- romanian, french, german, english and some other language) she will tell you some nice storyes about the paintings that seems to be connected to the bible. And she speak realy realy fast.
Of course there is a fee entrance since God needs money....but is just like a simbolic amout like 50 eurocents - 1 euro. So think that you contribute for keeping this place as it is by paing that money
Written June 20, 2013
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thetraveler100
Paris, France21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2010 • Family
extremely interesting story of the wall paintings, in the famous "Voronet blue" color
Written November 11, 2011
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