Sucevita, monastery from Sucevita village, was built in 1585 by Ieremia Gheorghe and Simion Movila. It is composed from a big fortified yard, with high walls and towers, the complex of monahal houses and the church situated in the center, a masterpiece of the Moldavian medieval architecture. Decorated with paintings, dating from 1601, that cover all the walls of the church, both inside and outside, Sucevita is one of the most valuable ensembles of Romania painting. The frescoes are very remarkable, colorful and well preserved. The number of scenes and personages is higher than in any other church in Moldavia. Sucevita is considered the last flowering of the custom of painting the church façades that mark the reigns of Stephen the Great and Petru Rares.
Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
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