After a six hour car ride (with several stops to enjoy marvelous views of the Rodna mountains) we pulled up to the entry of the Moldovița Monastery and hurried inside the gate. As we had limited time, HOB and planned to focus on the monastery’s masterpiece: the fresco of The Siege of Constantinople.
A few tourists milled about the grounds, and unfortunately for us, a group of middle-aged Germans were camped out right in front of the The Siege of Constantinople. No big deal–we decided to study the architecture and the rest of the fine exterior frescoes and check out The Siege of Constantinople once the Germans had moved on. We returned to the fresco: no dice–it was still blocked by napping and texting Germans. Okay, so we went inside the church for a while, returned to the fresco and there they were, the fresco-blocking Germans. New plan: squeeze up in front the fresco-blockers and admire the paintings with sunburnt bald heads in the foreground.
Cover the fresco-blocking Germans with your thumb and admire this uniquely lovely Byzantine structure. Built in 1532 by Stephen the Great in celebration of a victorious battle against the Turks, it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I especially love the open porch under the wide arches.
Fresco-blocking Germans, aka The Real Siege of Constantinople.
The Siege of Constantinople: Christians busting the chops of Turkish infidels.
Victorious Christians swaggering around the walls of Constantinople, flaunting their sacred icons.
Is this a suitable punishment for unrepentant fresco-blockers?
Actually, I think fresco-blockers deserve to have their beards yanked by golf club-wielding devils.
Here’s the South facing facade (the North facade is mostly faded out).
Wassup with the Gothic window?
The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina were what originally attracted me to visit Romania but it looked as if we’d have to miss them on our trip. (Getting to Northeastern Romania from Maramureș via public transportation can be done, but not in the time we had available.) Miraculously, Florin, the host from our guest house in Vadu Izei, said he could drive us.
It was a bit of a rushed visit, but I’m so very happy we had a chance to see three of these monasteries, fresco-blockers or no.
The red and golden colors of the frescoes are particularly vivid and delightful.
Just chillaxing in a pink cup, no big deal.
God creating Eve out of Adam’s phallic belly.
These hairy critters were all over the roads.
How we got to Moldovița Monastery: Florin from Casa Muntean drove us.
Where we slept: Hotel Residenz. Price: €31.50 for a double. Recommended: yes.