Romania: Moldovita Monastery

Moldovita Monastery is yet another of the eight UNESCO-listed Bukovina painted churches. This one on was built in 1532, and just like many others it was meant to celebrate the King Stephen I and his victorious defense of Moldavia from Ottomans (he fought 36 battles, winning 34 of them). Similarly to others, Moldovita Monastery is more of a fortress then a church with high defensive walls and towers surrounding the church building in the middle. The predominantly yellow-and-blue paintings on its exterior represent “the holy scriptures in color” – everything is painted here – interior, all three rooms inside, and the exterior, and the entrance – totally mind-blowing.