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Monasteries of Southern Bucovina

Moldavia's most celebrated attraction, the Painted Churches of Southern Bucovina largely date from the reign of Ştefan cel Mare (and his immediate successors). Famed for the vibrant frescoes decorating their exteriors, many of the monasteries are UNESCO-listed - namely those at Humor, Arbore, Moldoviţa, Voroneţ, Suceava, Probota and Pătrăuţi (the latter two not pictured here). Putna Monastery is most famous as the burial site of Ştefan cel Mare, whereas the fortified Suceviţa Monastery (1585) was the last in the area to be built and decorated with exterior frescoes.
Image of Ştefan cel Mare on Putna's outer gate
Image of Ştefan cel Mare on Putna's outer gate
Monastery church of Putna
Monastery church of Putna
Steeple and arched roof on the church
Steeple and arched roof on the church
Monastic dwellings at Putna
Monastic dwellings at Putna
Path leading to the bell tower
Path leading to the bell tower
Recently painted interior frescoes, Putna
Recently painted interior frescoes, Putna
Smaller chapel and monks' dwellings, Putna
Smaller chapel and monks' dwellings, Putna
New wooden church at Horodnic de Jos
New wooden church at Horodnic de Jos
Main path leading to the church
Main path leading to the church
Quaint rural home and carpet in Marginea
Quaint rural home and carpet in Marginea
Horsecart outside Suceviţa Monastery
Horsecart outside Suceviţa Monastery
Entering the grounds of Suceviţa
Entering the grounds of Suceviţa
Exterior frescoes on Suceviţa
Exterior frescoes on Suceviţa
Virtuous Ladder fresco on the north wall
Virtuous Ladder fresco on the north wall
Tower and fortifications of Suceviţa
Tower and fortifications of Suceviţa
Another corner tower and stretch of wall
Another corner tower and stretch of wall
Suceviţa monastery church
Suceviţa monastery church
Tourists gathering on the south flank of Suceviţa
Tourists gathering on the south flank of Suceviţa
View of the east end of the church and steeple
View of the east end of the church and steeple
Along the outer walls of Suceviţa
Along the outer walls of Suceviţa
Overview of Suceviţa Monastery and surrounds
Overview of Suceviţa Monastery and surrounds
Suceviţa Monastery against the Bucovinan hills
Suceviţa Monastery against the Bucovinan hills
Within the courtyard of Moldoviţa Monastery
Within the courtyard of Moldoviţa Monastery
Moldoviţa monastery church
Moldoviţa monastery church
Fresco of the saints on Moldoviţa's outer wall
Fresco of the saints on Moldoviţa's outer wall
Fresco of the Siege of Constantinople
Fresco of the Siege of Constantinople
The Annunciation Hymn on the south facade
"The Annunciation Hymn" on the south facade
View of the more weathered side of Moldoviţa
View of the more weathered side of Moldoviţa
Bust of Petru Rareş, founder of Moldoviţa
Bust of Petru Rareş, founder of Moldoviţa
Rounding the back of Moldoviţa
Rounding the back of Moldoviţa
Voroneţ Monastery
Voroneţ Monastery
Tourists and pair of nuns outside the church
Tourists and pair of nuns outside the church
The Last Judgment fresco on Voroneţ church
"The Last Judgment" fresco on Voroneţ church
Frescoes around the church's south entrance
Frescoes around the church's south entrance
Tour group marveling at The Last Judgment
Tour group marveling at "The Last Judgment"
Detail on The Last Judgment
Detail on "The Last Judgment"
Faded frescoes on the eastern end of Voroneţ
Faded frescoes on the eastern end of Voroneţ
Humor Monastery
Humor Monastery
View of Humor Monastery from the northwest
View of Humor Monastery from the northwest
Flower garden and lookout tower at Humor
Flower garden and lookout tower at Humor
South wall fresco and inscription
South wall fresco and inscription
The Last Judgment on Humor's west wall
"The Last Judgment" on Humor's west wall
Southern facade with faded Siege of Constantinople
Southern facade with faded "Siege of Constantinople"
View over the monastery church from the tower
View over the monastery church from the tower
Newer neighboring village church in Humor
Newer neighboring village church in Humor
Countryside around Humor Monastery
Countryside around Humor Monastery
Arbore Monastery
Arbore Monastery
South facade of Arbore
South facade of Arbore
Frescoes on Arbore's western wall
Frescoes on Arbore's western wall
Fresco detail on the western exterior
Fresco detail on the western exterior
Interior fresco of the Madonna and Jesus
Interior fresco of the Madonna and Jesus
Grave of Luca Arbore inside the church
Grave of Luca Arbore inside the church