Voronet Monastery

The church of Voroneţ Monastery is the foundation of the celebrated ruler Stephen the Great and the Saint, built in 1488 in only three months and three weeks. The exterior frescoes were added later, during Petru Rares ruling, in 1547. It is dedicated to the Great Saint Martyr George, the carrier of victory. The church of Voronet monastery is considered "The Sistine Chapel of the Orient" for the great fresco covering the whole western wall - the Last Judgement. The BLUE of Voronet, the dominant colour in the exterior painting is considered by specialists as being unique in the world just like Rubens's red and Veronese's green.

About this building

Key Features

  • Architecture
  • Monuments
  • Interior features
  • Links to national heritage

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