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Sucevita Monastery



 

The Sucevita Monastery is one of the most outstanding examples of Moldavian monasteries; with its frescoes gaining a worldwide reputation. The monastery was built in the last decades of the 16th century by the Movila family.

The first foundation of the Movila family, that preceded the present monastery complex, was a more modest church, dating from around 1581. During the reign of Petru Shkiopu, the Movila brothers became counselors of the voivode enjoying a prosperous economic position, and such began erecting an ample monastery.

Suchevitsa Monastery
Suchevitsa Monastery


The church architecture has harmonious combination of the Byzantine and Gothic art elements. The enclosure walls and towers give the monastery the aspect of a medieval citadel. The inside painting is represented on the all available surfaces, according to the traditional iconographic program, but enriched by theological themes less customary in Moldavia.

The outside painting is the best preserved as such, of the whole group of the Moldavian churches, being the only one made on a north wall. The monastery museum keeps one of the richest and most valuable medieval art collections of Moldavia.

Suchevitsa Monastery
Suchevitsa Monastery
 

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