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About Sucevita Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sucevita Monastery is an Orthodox monastery located in the Northeastern part of Romania. It is situated near the Sucevita River, in the village Sucevita, 18 km away from the city of Radauti, Suceava district. It was built in 1585 by Ieremia Movila, Gheorghe Movila and Simion Movila.

The architecture of the church contains both Byzantine and Gothic elements, and some  typical elements from other painted churches of northern Moldavia. Both interior and exterior walls are covered by mural paintings of great artistic value and depict biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament. The paintings date from around 1601, which makes Sucevita one of the last monasteries decorated in the famous Moldavian style.

The interior court of the monastic ensemble has almost a square shape (100 by 104 meters) and is surrounded by high (6 m) and wide (3 m) walls. There are several other defensive structures within the ensemble, including four towers (one in each corner). Sucevita was a princely residence, as well as a fortified monastery. The thick walls  shelters a museum that presents an outstanding collection of historical and art objects

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Address: Sucevita, Suceava, Romania

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