Personal perspective Pilgrims and the wicked unite in their appreciation of the arresting beauty of painted monasteries. According to Tapon (pg 30), the painted monasteries are found in the southern Bucovina, in northern Romania. They are one of the most interesting attraction features in Romania. Many of painted monasteries have the unfamiliar distinction of being painted on the inside wall as well outside walls. I was surprised to learn that there is more to the country than folklore about vampires and Communist architecture. The fact is; despite the interest and the background knowledge of an individual-I included-the paintings of the Monasteries are well worth seeing. From the maps, you will be tempted to conclude that most are situated next to a town with the same name, but this does not always happen as argued by Rodley (pg 65). Several houses were built next to the road that leads to public transport, therefore it is not in order for me to call them towns. Apart from their small sizes, these areas are all very beautiful. If you want to feel and see the real beauty of the monasteries, it is worth spending few hours in each place. I would recommend renting a car to stroll around easily: in 2 to 3 days will be able to enjoy each and every place in a more proper way. While fortresses and castles, medieval towns and the ever thriving Bucharest are all many reasons to take a trip to Romania, the painted Monasteries should be should be the first one in the list of any person who love and appreciate art. Historical perspective The Romania monasteries are known for their magnificent painted walls as seen in the picture below. Frescoes were completed in the 15th and 16th centuries, and they are famous for their extensive detail. They are considered the “magnum opus” of Byzantine art and in addition they attract both regular tourist and art buffs alike. There are many monasteries in Romania that are characterized by these features, but perhaps the most remarkable is the Voronet Monastery. They represent several scenes and images, which include images from the life of Jesus, depiction of heaven and hell and portraits of saints. Exceptional in Europe for their extensive, vibrant colors, how they have survived, many historians and art-lovers makes several trips to Romania to see these wonderful structures. In 1993, the painted monasteries were named UNESCO World Heritage sites. This followed their historical importance and complicated detail. The Voronet Monastery is always called the Sistine Chapel of the East because of exterior and interior paintings it has. Technical perspective The giddying, scope and detail of the Voronet Monastery fills every reasonable square centimeter of the external Western wall. “These walls have been roundly declared as the most interesting and marvelous Bucovine fresco. Just like any of existing Monastery paintings in Romania, the Voronet Monastery painting is something of a miracle” (Vorhees, 19). Voronet Monastery painting pigment is only 2 millimeters thick, making the lasting sturdiness of the frescos easier said than done to explain. With the exemption of the Voronet’s northern wall, which has absorbed the impact of centuries of Romania’s elements, the external frescos remain unbelievably vibrant. The northern wall represents Genesis. The southern walls comprise of tree of Jesse with the lineage of biblical personalities.