Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Part II

More of the painted monasteries...
Detail of the Constantinople siege, Moldovita
Sucevita, the largest of the painted monasteries

















Ladder to heaven, on the north wall

















On the south wall, the Tree of Jesse; interestingly, Jesse
(reclining, as always), is surrounded by twelve Greek
philosophers


























Plato was the only one I could definitely
identify



















From the north exterior wall, detail of the Eden mural;
expulsion














A nun; interestingly (to me, anyway), the three monasteries 
we visited are all relatively thriving, nunneries, many of the 
women we saw young















Interior at Sucevita














Dome at Sucevita















"Peace, man"





























The parking lot at Sucevita Monastery was ample, nice, outfitted for RVs (14 lei one night, 4 the next), electricity, but no potable water. We even saw other campers, from France and Germany, there. Anyhow, it rained all day Wednesday, so we stayed there, also enjoying the free wifi at the Iermia Motel Restaurant down the road. Nice people. Very inexpensive food and drink.

Thursday (today), despite the clouds and rain, we are heading south to Transylvania. In preparation, we watched one of my favorite 60s films, Roman Polanski's great The Fearless Vampire Killers. Very dark, dry humor. Vicki hated it. "I'm really a night bird." "Oy vey, have you got the wrong vampire!"

No comments: