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
It has been quite a day .