Bukovina, Romania

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to the painted monasteries of Bukovina, Romania.
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In the time of Stefan the Great, the Church of St. John (1498) in Piatra Neamt, Romania, was part of the Princely Court.

In the time of Stefan the Great, the Church of St. John (1498) in Piatra Neamt, Romania, was part of the Princely Court.

A painting of Stefan the Great and his family offering Voronet Church to Christ is inside Voronet Monastery in Bukovina, Romania. This prince ordered Voronet built in 1470 but the painting dates from 1547.

A painting of Stefan the Great and his family offering Voronet Church to Christ is inside Voronet Monastery in Bukovina, Romania. This prince ordered Voronet built in 1470 but the painting dates from 1547.

A Bell Tower (1499) was part of Stefan the Great's Princely Court in Piatra Neamt, Romania.

A Bell Tower (1499) was part of Stefan the Great's Princely Court in Piatra Neamt, Romania.

A large cemetery surrounds Ascension of God Church in Vama, Romania.

A large cemetery surrounds Ascension of God Church in Vama, Romania.

Moldovita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania, founded by Petru Rares in 1532, is famous for its 16th century exterior frescoes of Biblical stories.

Moldovita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania, founded by Petru Rares in 1532, is famous for its 16th century exterior frescoes of Biblical stories.

Agapia Monastery (1646) is one of the largest Orthodox nunneries in Romania. The church and its museum feature many outstanding works by 19th century painter Nicolae Grigorescu.

Agapia Monastery (1646) is one of the largest Orthodox nunneries in Romania. The church and its museum feature many outstanding works by 19th century painter Nicolae Grigorescu.

A fresco of the Last Judgement is on the west exterior wall of Voronet Monastery in Bukovina, Romania.

A fresco of the Last Judgement is on the west exterior wall of Voronet Monastery in Bukovina, Romania.

The Mausoleum of the Heroes (1938) at Marasesti, Romania, marks the site of a fierce battle between German and Romanian armies in 1917. At great cost the Romanian side prevailed.

The Mausoleum of the Heroes (1938) at Marasesti, Romania, marks the site of a fierce battle between German and Romanian armies in 1917. At great cost the Romanian side prevailed.

A telegondola whisks visitors from the railway station at Piatra Neamt, Romania, to a ski slope called Cozla Nature Park overlooking the city.

A telegondola whisks visitors from the railway station at Piatra Neamt, Romania, to a ski slope called Cozla Nature Park overlooking the city.

The 15th century frescoes on the exterior walls of Voronet Monastery in Bukovina, Romania, are famous for their unique blue colors.

The 15th century frescoes on the exterior walls of Voronet Monastery in Bukovina, Romania, are famous for their unique blue colors.

The Tree of Jesse symbolizing the continuity of the Old and New Testaments appears on the south exterior wall of Sucevita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania. The tree grows from a reclining figure of Jesse, who is flanked by a row of ancient philosophers.

The Tree of Jesse symbolizing the continuity of the Old and New Testaments appears on the south exterior wall of Sucevita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania. The tree grows from a reclining figure of Jesse, who is flanked by a row of ancient philosophers.

A fresco of the Virtuous Ladder appears on the north wall of Sucevita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania. The ladder has 30 steps from hell to paradise, one for each year of Christ's life.

A fresco of the Virtuous Ladder appears on the north wall of Sucevita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania. The ladder has 30 steps from hell to paradise, one for each year of Christ's life.

Sucevita Monastery (1586), the largest painted monastery in Bukovina, Romania, is surrounded by walls built to defend against Turkish invaders.

Sucevita Monastery (1586), the largest painted monastery in Bukovina, Romania, is surrounded by walls built to defend against Turkish invaders.

A Romanian family enjoys a picnic lunch in a meadow at Ciumarna Pass (1100 meters) between Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries.

A Romanian family enjoys a picnic lunch in a meadow at Ciumarna Pass (1100 meters) between Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries.

A tourist train powered by a steam locomotive runs 12 kilometers up the Moldovita River from a station near Moldovita Monastery. This narrow gauge forestry line built in 1888 closed in 2001 but was revived by local railway enthusiasts four years later.

A tourist train powered by a steam locomotive runs 12 kilometers up the Moldovita River from a station near Moldovita Monastery. This narrow gauge forestry line built in 1888 closed in 2001 but was revived by local railway enthusiasts four years later.

A fresco (1537) of the defence of Constantinople against Persians dressed as Turks in 626 appears on the south wall of Moldovita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania.

A fresco (1537) of the defence of Constantinople against Persians dressed as Turks in 626 appears on the south wall of Moldovita Monastery in Bukovina, Romania.

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