Monastery Churches of Moldavia / Bucovina

The Monastery Churches of Moldavia

In the gentle hillcountry of the north of the Moldavia, in the Bucovina, there are a range of cloisters which are unique world-wide.

They all were erected as thanks for achieved victories against the Turks. The special about that churches are the frescos outside, which added some years later. These were thought as 'bible for the poors',

since the population in the country at that time didn't understand the Church-Slavic and addition to this, the churches were too small to lodge the entire community.

The main colours of the churches and their year of origin:
  • Voronet: Blue
  • Moldovita: Yellow
  • Arbore: Green
  • Humor: Red
  • Sucevita: Red-Green
The Moldavia Region Source: dec, Bukarest
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The Origin of Humor, Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita


1530 builded and equiped with a secret chamber over the vault. The monastic life was here also interrupted from 1785 to 1991.


This cloister was erected in only 3 months and 3 weeks of the year 1488. In the year 1785, after the annexation of the Bukowina through the Habsburger, the monastic life was interrupted and was lifted only in the year 1991 again.


At the position of a church from wood, Alexander the Good donated a paved church of stone for observation about the year 1410. After destruction through a landslide, the present-day cloister becomes erected in the valley of the river.


A tradition tells about a woman which for the forgiveness her sins, had carried in a car drawn by buffalos, stones to the construction of the cloister 30 years long. The cloister was testified authentically 1586.
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Monastery Church Humor
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Monastery Church Voronet
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Monastery Church Moldovita
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Monastery Church Sucevita
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