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.
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village Vatra Moldoviței