Churches of Moldavia



CountryRomania
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
CoordinatesN47 46 42 E25 42 46
Inscription Date1993
Extension2010
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsRelative humidity
All ThreatsWater rain/water table
Unesco Reference Number598
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/598
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=598
DescriptionThese eight churches of northern Moldavia, built from the late 15th century to the late 16th century, their external walls covered in fresco paintings, are masterpieces inspired by Byzantine art. They are authentic and particularly well preserved. Far from being mere wall decorations, the paintings form a systematic covering on all the facades and represent complete cycles of religious themes.Their exceptional composition, the elegance of the characters, and the harmony of the colors blend perfectly with the surrounding countryside. The interior and exterior walls of the Church of the Suceviţa Monastery are entirely decorated with mural paintings of the 16th century, and this church is the only one to show a representation of the ladder of St John Climacus.
StatusWorld Heritage Site