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Voronet Monastery, Romania

 
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Moldavia, the province situated in Northeastern Romania, between the Carpathian Mountains and the Prut River, must not be confused with its eastern neighbor, Republic of Moldova. Probably the most known part of Moldavia is the region of Bucovina, home to the UNESCO World heritage sites of the Painted Monasteries. These unique monasteries with exterior frescoes representing dramatic religious scenes, were built in 15th and 16th centuries. The most famous is the VoroneČ› Monastery  a medieval edifice built by Stephen the Great in 1438. It is known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East". The frescoes of VoroneČ› feature an intense shade of blue named " Voronet blue".

Other beautiful painted churches you should visit are Sucevita, with distinctive shades of greens, Humor with
predominantly red frescoes,  Moldovita, one of the last churches built with an open porch, a hidden place above the burial-vault, and with Gothic-style windows and doors, Arbore, Suceava, Probota and Patrauti. You can also admire other monasteries which don't have painted exterior walls, but they are equally impressives: Dragomirna, Putna, Strehaia, Neamt, Varatec.< back ... read more>

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Decebalus Rex in Danube's Cauldrons
girls dancing a medieval dance of princesses
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