Manastirea Voronet

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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midway42
Minnesota2,824 contributions
Oct 2021
Rightly considered to be among the must-see attractions not only in Moldavia but in all of Romania, the Bucovina monasteries understandably attract people from around the world. It is easy to see why. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1993, the eight churches are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art; they all contain interior and exterior artwork and are in a good state of conservation due to meticulous restoration. After our stay at Putna (see separate review), we visited the Voronet monastery which was constructed under Stephen the Great in 1488 to commemorate the Battle of Vaslui.

Located just a few kilometers from the town of Gura Humorului, the Voronet monastery is easily found simply because it is a popular attraction. Accessibility and entrance to the facility is straightforward, as is the visit itself; entry as I recall was 10 RON. There are essentially two parts to the visit: the interior and exterior paintings. We toured in a systematic fashion, starting at the exterior of the western wall and the Last Judgement followed the south wall’s depictions of St. Nicholas, St. John, and Plato. The north exterior was largely unintelligible although my guide pointed out Adam and Eve. The interior was no less impressive, with the crucifixion, descent from the cross, and resurrection all noted. The tomb of Daniil the Hermit and a fresco of Stephen the Great were also notable.

This was a superb visit for several reasons. First, the paintings were magnificent. I’m not really an “art aficionado” but the Last Judgement was stunning, only surpassed by the interior as a whole. You really don’t even have to know about Christianity or even what is represented here to find this artwork memorable. Second, I was introduced to a new pigment, “Voronet blue,” which is internationally recognized as a unique color. Lastly, aside from Bran Castle this is really the one attraction in Romania that had a “sense of place.” The frescoes viewed individually are impressive enough, however viewing the monastery in the context of its surroundings even more so.

Absolutely worth a visit.
Written November 11, 2021
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118val
Shepparton, Australia138 contributions
Oct 2019
Voronet Monastery has a World Heritage listing and is worthy of this. It was built in1488 and the interior and exterior paintings are impressive. The frescoes highlight the moral stories of the Bible and were painted so that the illiterate villages could understand the stories. The colours still retain their intensity and we were told that the unique Voronet Blue colour cannot be replicated as it is thought to be a combination of berries and river mud. We were untroubled by stalls and souvenir sellers but this could be because it was late October when we visited.
Written January 3, 2020
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Adrian
Otopeni, Romania1,182 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The road from the car parking to the entry is filled with street sellers of souvenirs, food & beverages etc. Quite a strange feeling of bazaar near a monastery.
Anyway, the entry fee is 5 RON for adults and 3 RON for kids (we were not charged for the kids, maybe because of the 01.01 day), plus a fee of 10 RON for pictures or for videos (but not inside the church).
The paintings in the church and on most walls are amazing - beyond my expectations. They seem restored, keeping the original writings with Russian alphabet.
One could easily spend hours in this place, it’s that beautiful.
Written January 1, 2020
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SafirAlbastru
Iasi, Romania1,002 contributions
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, Romania17 contributions
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, Romania7,498 contributions
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, NY100 contributions
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
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
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, France19 contributions
Dec 2010 • Family
extremely interesting story of the wall paintings, in the famous "Voronet blue" color
Written November 11, 2011
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