Arbore Monastery

Arbore Monastery is located in the northeastern part of Romania, in the Bukovina region, about 30 km from the town of Suceava. Arbore Monastery is among the famous painted monasteries in Romania; it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. 

Arbore Monastery was built in 1502. The church has a rectangular plan at the outside without a tower. The extremely elegant silhouette of the building is emphasized by the wall extension to the west by about 2,5 meters, and their union above, through an arch; originally thought as a space for the steeple, a new architectural element in Moldavia of the time.
The inside painting was severely damaged in the 17th – 18th centuries. Nonetheless,  there still can be distinguished the two hypostases of the founders in the votive paintings, as well as some portraits with an emphasized laic character.

The “Cavalcade of the Saint Cross” gives a specific note to the mural painting in the Bukovina of the time. The church was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993.