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Moldovita monastery

moldovita monasteryThe region where today Moldovita monastery is located was inhabited already from the 14th century by hermits. Several monastic settlements, wooden churches (attested already in 1402), monk cells were attested in the region. During time, the settlement developed and a new stone church was build by Petru Rares in 1532. Dedicated to the "Assumption of the Virgin", the church is the resting place of the famous ruler Petru Rares who initiated the exterior paintings on exterior church walls. The construction remembers of Humor church, the only architectural differences being the Moldavian arch and the tower over the Naos, as well as the position of the columns in the first room.

The exterior painting on predominant yellow color offers a very good representation of the Fall of Constantinople and Jesses Tree. From the interior painting we would like to mention the representation of the Virgin and the Infant which is considered to be the most sensitive plastic image of maternity in Romanian medieval painting.

The monastery museum offers numerous artifacts of enormous value, among which the princerly throne of Petru Rares from the 16th century, the "Golden Apple" prize received by this monastery in the '70.
Like many of the Moldovian monasteries, Moldovita is also surrounded by imposing high defense walls with housing within. After being closed for almost 100 years, in 1945, the monastery was opened again for nuns and kept practicing even under the communist rule. Today, 38 nuns live inside the compound.

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