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Moldovița Monsatery

Moldovița Monsatery , builded by Petru Rares in 1532 and painted in 1537, is a new establishment in the place – or, more precisely, near an old ruined one. Moldoviţa Monastery is located in Vatra Moldoviţei village, Suceava County. The founder Petru Rares built in 1532 the church with the patronage “Buna Vestire” which he enclosed with a strong defense wall with ramparts and guard towers. Above the main entrance to the Monastery is carved the old coat of arms of Moldova.

In 1537 the Moldovița Monsatery church was painted in fresco, both inside and out in post-Byzantine style, with some new elements characteristic of the church painting school in Moldova. The predominant color of the painting is golden yellow. Among the old objects preserved at the Moldovita Monastery, we mention two epitaphs from the time of Ștefan cel Mare, Ephrem Psalter and other manuscripts, as well as a stone house dating back to the time of Petru Rares.

Moldovita Monastery was an important center where ecclesiastical culture flourished in the XV – XVII century. Moldovita is the first monastery of Moldavia to which Slavic-Roman literature prototypes has arrived in the fifteenth century. Here was a true school of copywriters and miniaturists from which until today there are kept at the Dragomirna Monastery Library, a number of almost 50 manuscripts of great value, the majority of the XV century.


How do I get to Moldovita Monastery?

village Vatra Moldoviței

St. John Monastery

From the beginning of the 15th century, the ancient Suceava voivode fortress has the relics of one of the most famous saints honored from Moldova, namely Saint John. The current church of the monastery, dedicated to the Holy Martyr George, was begun in 1514 by the son of Ștefan cel Mare, Bogdan III cel Orb (1505-1517) and finished by Ştefăniţă (1517 – 1527) in 1522.

Until the second half of the 17th century, at the Monastery of St. John was the residence of Moldavian metropolitans. The church, being the metropolitan cathedral, with the necessary space for the ceremonies attended by the princely rulers, differs from the other voivodal constitutions by suppressing the tomb room. As with any metropolitan or archbishop’s center, there were skilled calligraphers, engravers in wood and metal, teachers of Moldovan language, greks and glory. A theological school functioned here as well. The relics of St. John, martyred in 1332, which were brought to Suceava in 1402 by Voivode Alexandru cel Bun, are preserved in the church. The church was painted outside and inside in 1534 during the reign of Petru Rareș. The painting was executed in fresco after Byzantine hermeneutics. It was cleaned by smoke and refreshed in the years 1906 – 1909 by the painter Iohann Viertelberger.

How do I get to St. John Monastery?

Suceava – Mitropoliei Street

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