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About Voronet Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Voronet is a monastery in Romania, located in the Voronet village, Moldavia. It is one of the most famous painted monasteries from southern Bucovina, in Suceava district.

Between May and September 1488, Stephen III of Moldavia (known as "Stephen the Great"- Stefan cel Mare) built the Voronet Monastery (Manastirea Voronet) to commemorate the victory Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East", the frescoes features an intense shade of blue known in Romania as "Voronei 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 Voronei blue the same way they do with Titian red.

It is known throughout the world for its exterior frescoes of bright and intense colours, and for the hundreds of well-preserved figures placed against the renowned background.

A legend tells us that Stephen the Great, in a moment of crisis during a war against the Ottoman Turks, came to Daniel the Hermit at his skete in Voronet and asked for advice. After he won the battle against the Turks, keeping his promise to the monk, the Prince built a new church, dedicated to Saint George. The commemorative inscription placed above the original entrance of the Church of Saint George, now in the exonarthex, shows that the church was built in 1488 in less than four months.

Contact and information:

Address: Voronet, Suceava, Romania
Railway station: Gura Humorului

Opening hours: Daily

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