Moldavia’s Stupendous Monasteries: Visit the MONASTERIES MOLDOVITA, AND VORONET

Dragi cititori: Aici este recenzia unei carti de mare spiritualitate, a doua Academiciene din USA. Intotdeauna am fost inclinata spre alintarea si imbogatire spirituala, a fi, si nu a avea. Enjoy


I have read this week a wonderful book, Painted Glory – Romanian Monasteries is a remarkable art work that fills the historical gap left for many decades, brilliant and convincing in promoting Romania’s cultural heritage to the World.The authors, Carmen and Isabelle Sabau are rendering a higly analytic picture in words of the famous Romanian Monasteries built in the XIVth and XVI th Century in Moldovia and Bucovina, on Romanian territories.

The uplifting spiritual experience is translated into colorful frescoes and scenes from the Orthodox iconography on the walls of the monastic complexes. “The Annunciation” church of the former Monastery of Moldovita was built by Petru Rares, and the colors of the frescoes, or exterior mural paintings, are the best preserved of their kind. The sacred is present in every frescoe, the history of creation and “the Fall of man onto sin” are well preserved, , while the “Hymn to the Virgin” and The Siege of Constantinople” are the best are to be best seen in the same location, which is most commonly found in most of Suceava County monasteries. The new walls were fortified during the XVII th Century by Bishop Efrem de Radauti, and defensive walls make it look like a citadel. The authors marvel at the spectacular combination of characters and scenes held in the arms of a huge tree, which is displayed on the south exterior wall-detail of the icon: “The Jesse Tree”. The protection of Constantinople by Mary our Lord’s mother is very telling on the idea of survival of Orthodox Christianity, and Byzantine iconography in Moldova and Bucovina.

This book contributes to the identification, protection and conservation of the cultural and monumental art work throughout the world.

The vivid blue is used often and golden yellow for depicting the patron Saints, especially the St John The New, the patron Saint of Moldavia.

The authors are tackling next the Voronet Monastery, another monumental work, initiated by Stephen The Great in 1488, near Suceava. Part of Romania’s world heritage treasures, is a royal church representing Holy bishops, Stephen the Great and his family, is reveling very skilful paintings in the Byzantine tradition, and the famous “Blue of Voronet” in the background. The church complex consists of the monastery itself, and in the 18th century the villagers fortified and since then had been used as their place of worship. “The Last Judgement” is monumental in its dimensions and use of the blue color, so unique to this place.

Highly descriptive, the authors dwelve on the differences between “believers”, and Turks, or “nonbelievers”, being burnt in fire in an apolcalyptic scene.

These elements of colour, Byzantine and South Slavic traditions present in this monasteries testify to the same creed and architectural conception of the Romanian people in all geographical areas.


Excellent book, I highly recommend it to historians and architects.


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Dr Olga Lazin is a UCLA graduate in History. American Constitutional and Globalization history. She is a published author, and History Lecturer. Read her book: You can access and download her books at: In Hard copy: Globalization is Decentralized: Easter Europe and Latin America Compared, Civic And Civil Society, Foundations And U.S. Philanthropy, published 2016 Author HOUSE, USA. Book: She has been teaching History at UCLA, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Cal State University Long Beach, as well as University of Guadalajara (UDG) and University of Quintana Roo, in Mexico for over 26 years. Her specialty is History of Food, Globalization of technology, food History, and the American Constitution. As a hobby, she is practicing permaculture. Her radio show is accessible 24 hours a day at: FACEBOOK: OLGA LAZIN DROlga Lazin Twitter; @olgamlazin Instagram; #lazinolga E-mail;
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One Response to Moldavia’s Stupendous Monasteries: Visit the MONASTERIES MOLDOVITA, AND VORONET

  1. Drolgalazin says:

    Reblogged this on Olga Lazin and commented:

    Buna Crisitane; Yes, we can make a profit for the benefit or the organizatio AJRP:

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