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Voronet Monastery (left) was built by Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) in 1488 in less than five months, in order to fulfill a promise to Daniil the Hermit.  The hermit had predicted that if Stephen went to war against the Turks, he would win.  He was right, since the Turks were defeated at the banks of the River Danube. Above the entry door to the church is portrayed the Hermit Daniil, who became the first abbey of the monastery, and who is also buried in the church. 

 
Romania 1995. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. Romania 1969. Post-Byzantine Art. Maximum card, showing King Stephen the Great, franked with the stamp "The Three Kings". Romania 1970. Post-Byzantine Art. Grigore Rosca, the Metropolit.

The frescoes of Voronet only appeared from 1547, when the Metropolit Grigore Rosca started painting the religious messages to the illiterate, but faithful people of the valley. It is from this time the colour "Voronet-Blue" is inscribed in Art History, and Voronet Monastery is rightfully called the "Oriental Sistine Chapel".  These frescoes, billboards from the late medieval world, are essentially Byzantine in style, but infused with the vitality of the local folk art and mythology.  Very little is known about the artists, but their skills were such that the paintings are still fresh after 450 years' of exposure.  

Romania 1969. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. "The Three Kings". Romania 1970. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. "St. Anthony". Romania 1969. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. "The Holy Child in the Manger".
Romania 1971. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. Souvenir sheet. Fresco "The Byzantine Court".
Romania 1970. Post-Byzantine Art. Fragment #1 of the fresco "Judgement Day", from the western wall of the church.

Romania 1970. Post-Byzantine Art. Fragment #2 of the fresco "Judgement Day", from the western wall of the church.

Romania 1971. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. "The Trial". Romania 1971. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. "The Death of a Martyr". Romania 1969. Post-Byzantine Art. Voronet Monastery. "Pastoral Scene".

1785-86 the Habsburgs occupied Bucovina, and forced the monks to leave the monastery, which at the same time closed down an Orthodox monastery.  Only in 1991 it was re-opened, and now inaugurated as a nun monastery, consecrated to St. George. 

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