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Voroneț Monastery



The Voroneț Monastery is a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voroneț, now a part of the town Gura Humorului.

It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County. The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui.
Often known as the „Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as „Voroneț blue”.

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 Voroneț and asked for advice. Daniel told him not to surrender the fight. Then, after victory, he must build a monastery dedicated to Saint George.

The original entrance above the Church of Saint George, now in the exonarthex, bears the inscription: „I, Voivode Stephen, by the Grace of God Ruler of Moldavia, son of Bogdan, have started to have the monastery of Voroneț built to the glory of the holy and well-known St. George, the great and victorious martyr, in 6996 in May on 26, on one day of Monday, after the Pentecost and I had it finished the same year, in September, 1488”.
The church was built on a triconch plan (with three apses), with a chancel, a naos with its tower, and a pronaos. 

Voroneţ was known for its school of calligraphy, where priests, monks and friars learned to read, write and translate religious texts.

The school produced two notable copies of Romanian translations of the Bible: The Codex of Voroneț, discovered in 1871, and The Psalter of Voroneț, found in 1882.

The church is one of the Painted churches of Moldavia listed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.




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