Voronet | Sistine Chapel of the East – the blue that will last forever

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Voronet | Sistine Chapel of the East - the blue that will last forever
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July 29, 2018

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Voronet Monastery is a famous monastery in Romania, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bucovina nicknamed “Sistine Chapel of the East”. The blue that will last forever, called Voronet blue, is very famous because it resisted overtime and is bright and vibrant as when it was applied to the walls of the monastery. The complete travel guide of the Voronet Monastery, as well as the secrets of the Voronet Blue, can be found in the article below.
Construction Year 1488
Type Monastery / UNESCO
Style Moldavian
Founder Stephen the Great of Moldavia
Getting there Car, bus (from Gura Humorului), 3 ½-mile walk from Gura Humorului
Nearest train stations: Gura Humorului
The closest airports are located in Suceava (SCV) – www.aeroportsuceava.ro
Iasi (IAS) – www.aeroport.ro.
When to visit Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 6:30 pm
Admission fee: 5 lei ($1.5)
Camera/ Photo fee: 10 Lei ($2.5)
Location Strada Voronet 166, Gura Humorului, Suceava County, 725300
  • The Voronet Monastery is a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voronet, now a part of the town Gura HumoruluiVoronet | Sistine Chapel of the East - the blue that will last forever
  • It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bucovina, in Suceava County
  • The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks
  • Often known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voroneț blue”
  • Voronet azure blue is the dominant color, made with crushed azurite mixed with a mysterious substance that makes the hue lighter, more vivid. Anyway, the color composition remained a mystery until thorough lab tests were done. Voronet | Sistine Chapel of the East - the blue that will last forever
  • The legend of the origin of the church unites two men central to Romanian history: the founder of the monastery, Stephen the Great, and Saint Daniil the Hermit, the first abbot of the monastery.
  • The tomb of Saint Daniil is located within the monastery. On his tombstone, carved according to the wishes of Stephen the Great, it is written: “This is the tomb of our father David, the schema-monk Daniil”.
  • Included today on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with six more churches from the region, this religious monument is a unique symbol of how local medieval princes emphasized their great support for the Orthodox faith
  • About 20 resident nuns live at the Voronet Monastery.
  • Its frescoes highlighted the moral stories of the Bible
  • In the Ladder of Virtues fresco, the righteous ascend to heaven while sinners descend to hell
  • The largest of all is on the western wall, the scene of the ‘Last Judgment’. Voronet | Sistine Chapel of the East - the blue that will last forever
  • In the lower part, the image of heaven appears in opposition to the river of fire and a very happy Satan that greets the sinners. The angels Michael and Peter have key roles, one opening the gates of heaven while the other pushes sinners to hell. A rare image is the ‘Ressurection of the Dead’ painted across from Moses leading the non-Christians to judgment. In the upper scene, next to the Throne of Judgement, groups of saints who already made it to heaven sit close to Jesus portrayed as Great Judge. A rare representation of God and the angels that fold a scroll with the zodiacal signs, a symbol for the end of time as we know it, occupy the last two registers.
  • To make it more representative for the local community, the painters added some symbols of local culture including musical instruments, traditional clothing, and nearby landscapes.
  • Many more symbolic characters, including Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel are painted on other exterior walls of the monastery.
  • Portraits of ancient Greek philosophers, such as Aristotle and Plato, are featured in the Tree of Jesus fresco.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

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