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“sublime example of religious art”
Review of Voronet Monastery

Voronet Monastery
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Owner description: This painted nun monastery is often referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of the East."
Reviewed August 20, 2012

the monastery itself is eye-watering. the contrast of the colours is amazing.
but because the surroundings are an improvized parking-marketplace there is no atmosphere of divine presence, such as at moldovita and humor.

Thank amungiu
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Though the Romanian Ministry of Tourism is busy focusing on promoting trees and mountains and the seaside from the "Carpathian Garden" (which are rather similar to other natural environments in other countries) it inexplicably ignores what should actually be Romania's Eiffel tower, Big Ben, Great Wall etc. When one says Romania, one should immediately think of Voronet! And why should one think that? Because: the Voronet Blue is an unique colour in the world compared with other unique colours such as Tizian red, etc. It was named by the West: the Sistene Chapel of the Orient. For 500 years the exterior painting has endured the vicissitudes of time, the strong eroding wind, the washing rainfall, the harsh winters of the area, remaining utterly vibrant and spectacular. During the communist years in Romania, a foreign goverment offered the regime an astronomical amount of money to buy and move Voronet to their country, but fortunately the offer was turned down. If you visit Romania, you should not leave without seeing Voronet.

I would recommend staying in Suceava, because it is an excellent base for visiting this monastery and the others around.

Thank AlexanderMathews
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

The exterior painting is so intricate and may look complicated. We were lucky to have our knowledgeable tour guide explain the frescoes. He brought them all to life. Hard to believe this was painted some 500 years ago.

1  Thank SamD650
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Monastery known for its 15th century original paintings on exterior walls, especially "The last judgement" and the blue color.

Adult ticket: 5 RON (1.2 euro)
Photo/video only outside the church: 10 RON (2.5 euro)

Nuns can assist tourist groups of minimum 15 persons, that can be arranged also on site.
I have noticed guide books in romanian, english, german, french, italian.

The indoor paintings are in restoration, but unfortunately the exterior paintings are very deteriorated, particularly the northern wall which is almost white. There is a permanent fund collection for the restoration.

Indeed the nuns living area is in construction, but the access to the church, and around it is not disturbed.

1  Thank atb T
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Inside and out, Voronet is a jewel! We spoke to a couple of the highly educated nuns on the premises and were treated to a short, but thorough explanation of "The Last Judgement" as depicted on the outer wall, behind the monastery. Though I'm not sure how many of the nuns are bi-lingual, English guide books can purchased at the entrance, and then kept as a souvenir. We were fortunate enough to catch a lull between groups of tourists, and enjoyed the tranquility of the interior (There was some commotion outside due to construction. The current group of nuns have been in residence since 1990s, and are raising funds for the upkeep of the monastery and add to the living quarters.) As other reviewers have mentioned, there are no photos allowed inside.

2  Thank Aneea
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