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The Voroneț Monastery is a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voroneţ, now a part of the town Gura Humorului. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County. The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East", the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as "Voroneț blue."

Moldavia , Rumanía.

Sorprende verlas, vestidas de riguroso negro, tocadas con bonetes y tapando a medias sus rostros con velos también negros , viven en los monasterios ortodoxos de Moldavia .

Béla Bartók - Romanian Folk Dance No. 4









house from Audia village, Neamt region, Moldavia, Romania, built in the XIX century

now in the Village Museum, Bucharest

detaliu de casa din satul Audia, jud. Neamt, Moldova, Romania, construita in secolul XIX

acum in Muzeul Satului, Bucuresti

"Et in Arcadia ego" is a Latin phrase that most famously appears as the title of two paintings by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665)


The phrase is a memento mori, which is usually interpreted to mean "I am also in Arcadia" or "I am even in Arcadia", as if spoken by personified Death. However, Poussin's biographer, Andre Felibien, interpreted it to mean that "the person buried in this tomb has lived in Arcadia"; in other words, that they too once enjoyed the pleasures of life on earth. The former interpretation is generally considered to be more likely. Either way, the sentiment was meant to set up an ironic contrast by casting the shadow of death over the usual idle merriment that the nymphs and swains of ancient Arcadia were thought to embody.



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Romania -- The Siret river, running vertically through Moldavia, Romania.


At a monastery in Moldavia region of Romania

Fue construido en el año 1532 por Petru Rares, hijo ilegitimo de Pedro III de Moldavia.


Fue construido como barrera protectora contra los ataques de los conquistadores otomanos del Este, y protegido como un recinto de murallas de más de un metro de espesor y mas de cinco de altura, siguiendo el patrón para proteger este tipo de centros religiosos.

Die Brücken von Prag bei Nacht

Church from Rapciuni village, Neamt region, Moldavia, Romania, built in 1773

now in the Village Museum, Bucharest

Biserica Rapciuni, jud. Neamt, Moldova, construita la 1773

acum in Muzeul Satului, Bucuresti

orthodox nun Monastery


greek: σήμαντρον or semanterion σημαντήριον, also called xylon ξύλον, romanian: toaca; russian: било, bilo; bulgarian and macedonian: клепало, klepalo, is a percussion instrument used in monasteries to summon monks / nuns to call Christians to prayer.


Its use flourished in Greece and on Mount Athos before spreading among Eastern Orthodox in what are now Bulgaria, Romania, (russian) Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia.

It both predates and substitutes for bells (first introduced to the East in 865 by the Venetians, who gave a dozen to Michael III), being used to call worshipers to prayer.


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toaca or semantron, traditional byzantine wooden plate whick, made in cherry tree or sycamore maple, before the existance of the bells and the clocks, it was employed and still is, to call people to prayers in the church

This I took at Durau Resort, at the base of Ceahlau Mountains.


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Daniil Sihastrul 1400 - 1482 | Chilia lui Daniil Sihastrul

nota: The official German name, die Bukowina, of the province once under Austrian rule (1775–1918), stands for beech tree Buche. Another German name for the region, das Buchenland, mostly used in poetry, means "beech land", or "the land of beech trees", in literary or poetic contexts the name is "the land of beech trees"


During the Middle Ages, the region was the northwestern third of "Upper Country" part of the Moldavian Principality, as opposed to "Lower Country".

The region became the cradle of the Moldavian Principality, and kept its political center until 1564, when its capital was moved from Suceava to Jassy.


Chocim Castle (Хотинська фортеця) - a defensive structure located on the high, rocky shore of the Dniester. Construction of the castle began in 1325, and work on it lasted until 1380.

The history of this castle is turbulent. From the 10th to the 13th century it belonged to the Ruthenian duchies, from the 14th century in various periods to Moldavia, Turkey and Poland.

In the 17th-18th century Turkish border fortress. The place of two great battles of the forces of the Commonwealth with the Turks in 1621 and 1673. In 1812, incorporated into Russia, from 1918 in Romania. In the years 1940-1991 together with northern Bukowina within the boundaries of the Ukrainian SSR.

Since 1991 it belongs to Ukraine.


Zamek w Chocimiu (Хотинська фортеця) – budowla obronna usytuowana na wysokim, skalistym brzegu Dniestru. Budowa zamku rozpoczęła się w roku 1325, a prace nad nią trwały do 1380 roku.

Dzieje tego zamku są burzliwe. Od X do XIII wieku należał do księstw ruskich, od XIV wieku w różnych okresach do Mołdawii, Turcji i Polski.

W XVII–XVIII wieku turecka twierdza graniczna. Miejsce dwóch wielkich bitew wojsk Rzeczypospolitej z Turkami w 1621 r. i 1673 r. W 1812 r. włączony do Rosji, od 1918 r. w Rumunii. W latach 1940–1991 wraz z północną Bukowiną w granicach Ukraińskiej SSR.

Od 1991 r. należy do Ukrainy.

north Moldova region in Romania

Churches of Moldavia

#598 from 2010


postcrossing RO-22544

Agapia , Moldavia , Rumanía .

Monasterio ortodoxo de mediados del siglo XVII , Decorado en

estilo bizantino-neoclásico con temáticas de la tradición rumana por el afamado pintor Nicolae Grigorescu en 1858-60.


Casi convertido en un pueblo monacal donde hoy en día viven centenares de monjas . Sorprende verlas, vestidas de riguroso negro, tocadas con bonetes y tapadas a medias sus rostros con velos también negros, dispersas por el paisaje en labores agrícolas , acarreando agua, acompañando a las vacas que vienen de los montes, en la construcción o reparo de los edificios , confeccionando objetos religiosos iconos, tejidos cerámicas que son vendidos a otras iglesias y a los turistas.


Más parece ser un museo vivo de costumbres tradicionales que una región de la Europa del siglo XXI.

580EXII @1/32 en paraguas translúcido.


The fountain Friendship of Nations at All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVT), formally known as VDNKh, in Moscow, Russia. The fountain was built in the early 1950s and the 16 girls around the sheaf of sunflowers and hemp in the middle represent the 16 Soviet Socialistic Republics that formed Soviet Union at that time. 15 now are independent countries, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Moldavia, Kirghizstan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The 16th represent Karelo-Finnish SSR that existed from 1940 until it was merged back into the Russian SFSR in 1956.


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Morgendämmerung am Moldau-Stausee (Lipno) in Böhmen

Dawn at the Moldavia Reservoir (Lipno) in Bohemia

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