Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita

The last of the 22 painted churches of Bucovina, Sucevita Monastery features the largest number of murals on the green background of its exterior and interior walls. See thousands of 16th-century painted images illustrating biblical events, including the depiction of red-winged angels escorting the righteous up the ladder to paradise. High and thick walls with a tower in each corner surround the entire complex. A museum inside the monastery displays a collection of historical artifacts and art objects, such as illuminated manuscripts, ecclesiastical silverware, and tomb covers with portraits of Ieremia, ruling prince of Moldavia, embroidered in silver thread. Put Sucevita Monastery on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sucevita online trip maker .
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  • It is one of the most beautiful, if there is a sunny day the exterior colors are stunning. You must pay by taking pictures inside they cannot be, nuns are distant and a much unpleasant, only have contact with the tourist if they sell you something at the souvenir shop
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  • I am so in love with monasteries in Bucovina. This one is surrounded by fortress like walls and by pure nature. Outside paintings are really beautiful and well preserved, except for those on the North...  more »
  • The first of four monasteries that we have visited in one day, both inside and outside the Church has beautiful frescoes.
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  • Great experience. Best water from the monastery fountain.
  • The Sucevita monastery was built at the end of the 16th century by the Movilesti family, a family of great boyars, clergy and even rulers in Moldova, but also in Wallachia. The first founder is the Metropolitan of Moldova, Gheorghe Movila, the church being built in the years 1582-1584, continuing the hesychasm tradition of the successors of the St. Daniil the Isihast. The church was built in the architectural style of Moldavia, in cross shape with circular apses. Ten years later, Jeremia Movila, ruler of Moldavia, brought large additions to the settlement, building walls with four towers at the corners, and a tower with a chapel above the entrance, building the royal house, adding two small open porches and then painting the inner and outer walls of the church. The monastery has the appearance of a fortress, sheltering big treasures, according to the chronicler Ion Neculce. In the colorful landscape that defines the painted Moldovan churches (Voronet - blue, Humor - red), the monastery of Sucevita is individualized by its own color, ”cruel” green. The great value of the monastery is this original (of 1596) exterior and interior wall painting. Sucevita is the newest one of the Moldavian painted onasteries, becoming a "testament to the ancient Moldavian art". It is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage. At Sucevita, mural painting is defined as an ample biblical narrative with scenes from the Old and New Testaments. There is much to say about the value and greatness of mural painting, but not here. In the tomb room there are the graves of the Moldavian voivodes, Jeremia Movila and Simion Movila, covered with beautifully decorated funerary gravestones of marble. The walls of the monastery, have the height of 6 m and the 3 m wide, with a guard road, outlining an almost square yard with a 100 m side. Inside the monastery there are several cells and rooms of the old ruler house, some of them being transformed into a museum that houses high value exhibits.
  • Quite a view, peace and quiet despite all the foreign tourists.
  • Beautiful monastery, very well preserved. Check out the museum inside, also.
  • Words can not describe this wonderful place!

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