The Black Church from Brasov is a bench-mark between the Gothic churches in Europe and all over the world.
Maramures in a remote region in Northern Romania. Because it is so isolated, the people here have a strong community, with unique traditions.
In the beginning of the 16th century, when the pressure of the Turkish armies was at it's highest point, the local artists of Moldavia found a simple and direct way of transmitting the essence of an age-old tradition: they covered the walls of five churches with what we can call a truly "illustrated Bible". In a time when Michelangelo said that "frescoes are the most difficult and daring paintings", the Moldavian painters created works comparable with the great European masterpieces, and even more than that, their frescoes hide secrets that have not been discovered not even in our days. What no one can find out, is how the colors managed to resist in time, without changing their shade. The painted churches of Moldavia are part of the orthodox monasteries in Suceava county and Bucovina. Seven of these churches are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, since 1993. The most famous of all is Voronet, raised by Stefan the Great in only three months, and enlarged by his son, Petru Rares. Th
Hidden between the tall buildings in the centre of Bucharest, this small church was built by a Greek monk and it is regarded by art historians as a synthesis, on a small scale, of Brâncoveanu architecture and decoration.
Voronet Monastery is one of the most famous off all Romanian monasteries, because of its unique blue colour.
It is the first monastery built by Stefan the Great (1457-1504) one of the greatest leaders of Romania, and the most important.
Another monastery that will impress you with the beauty of its paintings, among the finest of all.
A monastery which has been included in the UNESCO patrimony, due to its beauty that will impress anyone.