Jewel of monastics and UNESCO masterpiece
The Moldoviţa Monastery belongs to the commune of Vatra Moldoviţei, Suceava County. The Monastery of Moldoviţa was built in 1532 by Petru Rareş, who was Stefan the Great's illegitimate son.
It was founded as a protective barrier against the Muslim Ottoman conquerors from the East. It ios one of the eight monasteries in Northern Moldavia with frescoes painted on the outer walls.
The best preserved are the monasteries in the towns of Sucevița, Moldovița, Voroneț, Humor, Suceava, Pătrăuți, Arbore and Probota. These eight monasteries—including the Monastery of Moldovița—were placed on UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993, as the Painted churches of Moldavia.