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The monasteries of the North Moldavia and Bucovina have been introduced into the UNESCO patrimony due to their uniqueness. They distinguish by the exceptional value of the external mural paintings, masterpieces of the Byzantine art, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.    
  • Arbore Monastery: dedicated to the "Beheading of St. John the Baptist", it was built in 1503 by chief Luca Arbore. It still preserves paintings dating back to 1541.
  • Humor Monastery: dedicated to "St. George", it was built in 1530 by the “logofat” Teodor Bubuiog, on the spot of a previous settlement of the 14th century. It is a church without a steeple. The central theme of the external painting is the siege of Constantinople.
  • Moldovita Monastery: dedicated to the "Annunciation". It was rebuilt by the ruler Petru Rares on an older location. It is one of the most important monuments of Romanian ancient art, with mural paintings dating back to 1537, whose main theme is again the siege of Constantinople.
  • Patrauti Monastery: dedicated to the "Holy Cross". It was built by the ruler Stefan the Great in 1487. It is small in size, but beautifully proportioned. The interior painting is particularly valuable, representing the scene of “Wailing” and the “Cavalcade of the saint militaries”.
  • Probota Monastery, dedicated to "St. Nicholas". It is founded by Petru Rares, built in 1530. The interior painting was remade but, unfortunately, the exterior painting was destroyed.
  • Suceava Monastery: dedicated to "St. George". It was built between 1514 and 1522. It shelters the silver shrine of St. John Neumann.
  • Voronet Monastery: dedicated to "St. George". It was built by Stefan the Great in 1488. It is unique due to its exterior painting representing the “Last Judgment” and which imposed the “Voronet blue”.