Unesco adds Romanian church to World Heritage list
The Resurrection Church within the Sucevita monastery in Northern Romania was included in the global heritage list by Unesco. This is an extension of the world heritage list in Romania. The church joins a list of other monasteries in Northern Moldova which were included in the Unesco patrimony in 1993. The Sucevita complex itself is on the global heritage list – and the newly added Church comes to complete the complex. (see below a short Unesco film about Sucevita)
With their exterior walls entirely covered in 15th- and 16th- century fresco paintings, directly inspired by Byzantine art, these seven churches in northern Moldavia are unique in Europe. These paintings form a systematic covering of all the facades and their exceptional composition, the elegance of the characters, and the harmony of the colours blend perfectly with the surrounding countryside. The Churches of Moldavia were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993.
“The Church of the Suceviţa Monastery completes this complex. Its interior and exterior walls are entirely decorated with mural paintings of the late 16th century. It is situated within the fortified enclosure of the Monastery and is the only one to show a representation of the ladder of St John Climacus,” according to the Unesco statement.