Voronet Monastery Romania: “If you’ve only got time for one monastery, this is it.”

Voroneţ is a monastery in Romania, located in the town of Gura Humorului, Moldavia. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County. As these pictures demonstrate, “If you’ve only got time for one monastery, this is it.”

Between May and September 1488, Stephen III of Moldavia (known as “Stephen the Great”) built the Voroneţ Monastery to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes at Voroneţ feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voroneţ blue”.The exterior walls — including a representation of the Last Judgment on the west wall — were painted in 1547 with a background of vivid cerulean blue. This blue is so vibrant that art historians refer to Voroneţ blue the same way they do Titian red.

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