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Bucovina Painted Monasteries Tour

*Kindly be aware that this tour is available exclusively as part of a comprehensive Romania tour package, allowing you to fully experience the beauty of the painted monasteries in Bucovina along with an immersive journey through Transylvania over a total period of 4-6 days.

Welcome to the enchanting region of Bucovina, a land of vibrant colors, rich history, and spiritual significance. Join us on a captivating tour as we will explore the most famous painted monasteries that have become iconic symbols of this picturesque region.
Our journey begins from the charming town of Gura Humorului. Our first destination is the Humor Monastery, a true gem of medieval art. Founded in 1530, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features exquisite exterior frescoes that were painted in 1535. These vibrant frescoes depict scenes from biblical stories and the lives of saints, providing a fascinating glimpse into the religious and artistic traditions of the time.

From Humor, we continue our pilgrimage to the famous Voronet Monastery. Known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East,” Voronet Monastery was built in 1488 and adorned with stunning frescoes in 1547. As you approach the monastery, the vivid blue hue, known as “Voronet Blue,” immediately captures your attention. This unique color, created using a secret recipe, has remained vibrant for centuries. The frescoes themselves depict various religious scenes and are renowned for their intense blue backgrounds and intricate details. Don’t miss the iconic fresco of the Last Judgment, which graces the western wall of the monastery.

Next, we continue to the Moldovita Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This architectural masterpiece was constructed in 1532 and is renowned for its impressive exterior frescoes painted in 1537. As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by the intricate and colorful frescoes that cover the walls. These frescoes beautifully depict biblical stories, saints, and even scenes from local folklore. Be sure to admire the renowned fresco of the “Siege of Constantinople,” which showcases the battles between Christianity and the Ottoman Empire.

Our final stop is the majestic Sucevita Monastery, known for its well-preserved defensive walls and imposing towers. Built in 1585, this monastery stands as a testament to the late medieval Moldavian architectural style. The exterior frescoes, created in 1601, feature vibrant colors that have impressively endured the test of time. Explore the grounds and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere while admiring the intricate paintings that depict religious scenes and genealogical trees. Don’t forget to marvel at the representation of the Ladder of Virtues, a unique fresco found within the monastery.

As an optional addition to our tour, we offer a visit to the Egg Painted Museum, where you can explore the fascinating art of egg painting. Discover the ancient technique used to create these intricate designs, and marvel at the vibrant colors that adorn the delicate shells. Each painted egg tells a unique story and reflects the rich cultural traditions of the region.

For those seeking a more comprehensive exploration of the area, we offer an extra day of touring of the Neamt region of Bucovina.
This extension includes visits to Neamt, Secu, Sihastria, and Sihla Monasteries.
These monastic complexes date back to various periods, with Neamt Monastery founded in the 14th century, Secu Monastery in the 16th century, and Sihastria and Sihla Monasteries dating back to the 17th century. Each monastery showcases distinct architectural styles and offers a serene atmosphere for contemplation.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty and spirituality of these region. A journey to the painted monasteries of Bucovina is a pilgrimage of the soul and an invitation to explore the depths of Romania’s cultural heritage. Discover the stories behind the brushstrokes, experience the serenity of these sacred places, and create memories that will resonate for a lifetime.

Voronet Monastery

Widely known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, it was built in 1487 in less than four months at the order of the Stephen the Great, as a offering for God`s grace in helping him defend his country against the Ottomans. The Voronet Monastery is also famous because of its original outside fresco painted with predominant unique blue color. Since 1993 is par of UNESCO World Heritage.

Moldovita - Monastery in Moldova

Moldovita Monastery

Discover the enchanting Moldovita Monastery, a hidden gem, built in 1532 by Petru Rares, the illegitimate son of Stephen the Great. Adorned with predominantly blue and yellow hues, its interior and exterior were masterfully painted by the talented Toma of Suceava in 1537. As a UNESCO protected site, Moldovita Monastery stands proudly alongside Voronet and Sucevita Monasteries. Step into the fortress walls and witness the immaculate preservation of this historical treasure, where every fresco was meticulously restored in 2013.

Putna Monastery

Considered the “Jerusaleem of the Romanian people” Putna Monastery is the most important foundation of Stephen the Great. It was built also in Moldavia region of Romania between 1466 and 1469 as his future burial place where his tomb is venerated by pilgrims untill today. The monastery church is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15) and it is one of the most important religious, spiritual edifice of our country.

Varatec Monastery

Built between 1808 and 1812 in a blend of Neo-Classic with Neo Byzantine architectural style, Varatec Monastery is home to over 400 nuns who live in independent houses scattered arround the monastery. Located in a scenic natural landscape, with a museum of medieval Orthodox artefacts and studios for monastic fabrics, painting, embroidery and carpets, Varatec Monastery makes a perfect place to accommodate for at least one night.


Curtea de Arges Monastery is maybe the most important Orthodox spiritual landmark of Southern part of Romania. Built over 500 years ago the Cathedral of the monastery has a unique architecture blending Byzantine and Ottoman styles. Resembling more with a mosque than with an Orthodox cathedral this site is a must see for the ones interested in centuries old religious sites. Last but not least at this Monastery one will be able to venerate the relic of Saint Philothea of Arges, the Protectress of Romania.

Hurezi Monastery

Founded by Constantin Brancoveanu between 1690 and 1697, Horez Monastery it is considered as the most representative architectural building for the Brancovan style. This architectural style it is the only one considered Romanian and it is a blend of Venician and Oriental influences. Since 1993 this monastery belongs to UNESCO World Heritage.

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Experience the splendor of Bucovina’s UNESCO-protected painted monasteries with a private tour guide and car by your side. Discover the stories behind the brushstrokes, experience the serenity of these sacred places, and create memories that will resonate for a lifetime.