Postcard from Bukovina

It’s cold here in Suceava , in Northern Romania, unseasonably cold, so cold that this evening I wore socks as gloves.
I am visiting the Carpathian Mountains to fulfill a long held ambition to see the painted monasteries of Bucovina. They did not disappoint.
Built and painted mainly in 16 th century these monastery churches are covered wall to wall , inside and out with paintings of the Christian faith. No need for a preacher , no need to read – the paintings tell it all – from Adam to the last judgement with Christian councils , and martyred saints and the odd battle on route . Three hundred and sixty five panels depict three hundred and sixty five days of the Orthodox year. I was reminded of the verse in Hebrews about being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses .

The first image here shows the Last Judgement on the north exterior wall of the monastery of Sugevita . Priests climb the ladder of obstacles to celestial life . Angels aid , demons pull down to hell

At the Church Nuns in black pill box wimpoles took the entrance fees, and on the hour beat on wooden planks and sang an ethereal Liturgy .

It has been quite a day .



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