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Voroneţ is a monastery in Romania, located in the
town of Gura Humorului, Moldavia.
It is one of the famous painted monasteries from
southern Bukovina, now in Suceava County.
Between May and September 1488, Stephen III
of Moldavia (known as "Stephen the Great") built
the Voroneţ Monastery to commemorate the vic-
tory 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 "Voroneţ blue". 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.
Inlcuded in Unesco heritage list since 1993
Labels: battle of vaslui, bukovina, gura humorului, sistine chapel of the east, suceava county, voronet monastery
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