The UNESCO Patrimony From Bukovina
Have you heard of Bukovina? Unless you live close to it, most probably you never hear of it. And if you did, you probably don’t know too many things about this region in Romania.
Yes, I already gave you some information, the region is part of Romania but I haven’t yet told you about the beauties found here.
Considering there are 8 UNESCO monuments located here, hidden through exquisite natural sceneries, there is no wonder this area has been awarded the International Award “Pomme d’Or” by the World Federation of Journalists & Travel Writers in 1975. And also, there’s no wonder this is one of the most attractive and visited area in Romania.
Most of the famous monasteries located here were built in the XVI century when, because of the Ottoman armies pressure on the Moldovan state, the local artists had to find a way to leave as an inheritance the quintessence of a millennial tradition – or, at least, this can be considered nice legend. It is also possible that these monuments were built as a public display of affection to God by the rulers and boyars which have funded the constructions. No matter the reason they were built, these are some exceptional monuments with an indisputable artistic and historical value.
Although its been more than 500 years, their frescoes hide mysteries which, until today, have not been deciphered. A mystery that all the modern painters and chemists are interested in, are the colors which were not altered neither by the passage of time, nor by harsh climatic conditions. These colors are inspired by local chromatics (sky blue, intense rust, yellow, ocher, violet and five shades of green) and continue to remain a mystery.
There are several monasteries on which, the local artists managed to create an “illustrated Bible” on the church’s walls. From the monasteries included in UNESCO World Heritage List we visited: Voronet Monastery, Humor Monastery, Moldovita Monastery, Sucevita Monastery, Patrauti Monastery. From the same category of UNESCO monuments are also Arbore Monastery, Probota Monastery, Church of St George of Suceava – but we didn’t had enough time to also enjoy seeing them. We promise we will do it on our next trip to Suceava and we’ll share our experience to you.
We also visited other places in Suceava County, but about this I’ll tell you in another article. 🙂0 January 24, 2014 | insights