Voroneț Monastery – The Sistine Chapel of the East

After we visited the surprising Iași and did a trekking session in the beautiful Ceahlău Mountains we were on our way to the Maramureș region in Northern Romania. Our route ran through Gura Humorului which is very close to one of the most famous monasteries in Romania: Voroneț.

As you may know, Moldova is filled with tens of monasteries which are all beautiful and placed in very picturesque locations. Voroneț is just 4 km away from Gura Humorului and 36 km away from Suceava. It is famous for one thing: its painting. More specifically the blue background of the painting is a Voroneț trademark. It is also famous for its exterior frescoes especially the one at the back of the church, on the Western wall, which describes the Judgement Day scene from the Bible.

Voroneț monastery – Judgement Day scene
Voroneț monastery – Judgement Day scene

An interesting characteristic of these frescoes are the truly rich imagination of the painters which also use traditional motives for the paintings. The paintings are a work of art and you can’t help admire the talent of the painters. Tens of thousands of tourist come to Voroneț each year to admire it. It is also named the Sistine Chapel of the East.

Voroneț monastery was founded by Ștefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great, 1457 – 1504) ruler of Moldova (Moldavia), and was built in just under 4 months, which is a record for that period. Below you can see some more pictures from this extremely beautiful monastery and you must visit it when you are in Romania.

Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery
Voroneț monastery

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