Summer is generally a time for having fun, for taking exotic vacations and for lying in the sun, at the seaside; but there are also those who find the opportunity to take a moment of respite and search their inner spirituality. A short history of the monasteries in Suceava may offer a glimpse into this option and ideas for the next vacation.
Moldova boasts with a system of wonderful monasteries included in the UNESCO Word Heritage Sites list. It is a pity not to visit them at least once in a lifetime. In the end, the spirituality of a people bears witness to its identity.
One of the most famous places of worship in Suceava and in the entire country is Putna Monastery, the legendary resting place of Stephen the Great, as well as his most important (and first) church foundation. Putna was built between 1466 and 1499. It has defense walls, hermitages and towers which were finalized in the year 1481.
The actual shape of the monastery is the result of post-1775 transformations made by the House of Habsburg, but also of modifications from the 19th century. The last ample restorations took place in 1902, coordinated by the Austrian architect K. A. Romstorfer.
Founded in 1532 by Petru Rares (the son of Stephen the Great), Moldovita Monastery is an Orthodox settlement for nuns. The architecture combines the Gothic with the Byzantine style and the minute interior and exterior paintings, similar to those in Voronet, are a proof of Eastern art in those times.
Moldovita displays a taller type of construction, evoking the post-Byzantine and pre-Renaissance era. The paintings have the unique quality of rendering the divine figures more human. It is the perfect place for respite, a sheltered haven where you can take a moment to make a prayer.
For transport, you can use Suceava car hire to get a rental vehicle or a transfer.