Bukovina is a Romanian region situated in the northern part of Moldavia. The name of
Bukovina dates back to its annexation by the Hapsburgs in 1774 and it means a land covered by beech forests.
The monasteries have been built in Bukovina during the 15th-16th centuries at a time marked by the personalities of the
Moldavian prince Stephen the Great (1457-1504), and of his son, Petru Rares (1530-1538; 1541-1546). Stephen the Great was an
illustrious army commander, a defender of Christendom and a prolific promoter of culture.
The frescoes from Voronet, Humor, Moldovita, Arbore or Sucevita are all governed by a unifying spirit which
is expressed on the one hand by the recurrence of artistic styles, means, motifs and scenes, and, on the other hand by the
absolute harmony established between man's genius at work and the beautiful natural background against which the monasteries were set.
The monasteries in Bukovina are now UNESCO protected cultural sites. In 1975, Bukovina monasteries have been awarded the
prestigious 'Pomme d'Or' prize by the International Federation of Writers and Journalists on Tourism.
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