VORONEŢ is a monastery in Romania, located
in the town of Gura Humorului, Moldavia. It is
one of the famous monasteries from the
southern Bukovina, in Suceava County.
In 1488, Stephen the Great of Moldavia built
the Voroneţ Monastery to commemorate the
victory at Battle of Vaslui.
Often known as the “Sistine Chapel of the
East” the frescoes at Voroneţ feature an
intense shade of blue known in Romania as
The exterior walls - including a representation of the
Last Judgment on the west wall - were painted in 1547
with a background of vivid cerulean blue. This blue is so
vibrant that art historians refer to Voroneţ blue the same
way they do Titian red.
The exterior, with its buttresses and door and window
frames were related to Western European High Gothic.
The influences spread from Transylvania and Poland
with craftsmen who were invited especially to build
On the inside painting, the nave and the altar still
preserve the iconographic ensemble of the time of
Stephen the Great.
Voroneţ Monastery is probably the most accomplished
sample of Moldavian artistic achievement in
architecture and painting
The paintings on the church walls ( which have been
made by masters almost whose names remained
unknown) have a distinctive chromatic harmony, a
special manner of composition, nerve and clarity
Voroneţ Monastery was placed on the
UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993