Bucovina & Moldova

Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Moldova is the region of Bucovina, home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures: the UNESCO World heritage sites of the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, built in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Byzantine churches from Bucovina have been built with gothic elements and their main attraction consists in the peculiar way the monasteries were covered on the outside walls with paintings. The people, who came in large numbers to the service and did not fit in the church, had to attend the service from the outside even though they could not hear a word from the sermon. Therefore, the outside frescoes on the monasteries, replaced the words of the priests by religious scenes, mixed with day to day and battle scenes.

Voronet Monastery, known as „The Sistine Chapel of the East”, was painted by an anonymous painter. The formula of the ”Voronet blue”, used for his paintings on the walls, has remained an enigma and this uniqueness has turned Voronet into an indisputable symbol of Bucovina.

Moldavia (Moldova – Romanian name, is not to be confused with the Republic of Moldova, its eastern neighbor). The western part of Moldavia is part of Romania and the eastern part (Bessarabia) belongs to the Republic of Moldova, while the northern (Northern Bucovina) and south-eastern (Budjak) parts are territories of Ukraine.

Moldavia is best known for its rich folklore and cultural attractions, natural beauty and its tumultuous history. The Moldavia’s national hero is Stephan the Great whose reign lasted from 1457 until 1504 and who led resistance against the Turks, during his reign period. Moldavia was united with the principality of Wallachia in 1859 by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iasi becoming the capital of the Romanian state until 1862 when it was replaced by Bucharest. At present, Iasi is still considered the “capital” of Moldavia, being one of the greatest cities in Romania. It has a great cultural tradition, being one of the most important university towns. There are also great monasteries, churches, public buildings and museums.

Iasi – It has a great cultural tradition, being one of the most important university towns. There are also great monasteries, churches, public buildings and museums. Churches: Moldavian Metropolitan Cathedral (one of the best in the country), Church of the Three Hierarchs, Armenian Church (the oldest church at Iasi).

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