Bogdana Monastery

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Bogdana Monastery in August 2010

Bogdana Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the town of Rădăuți, northern Romania. Its church is the oldest still standing religious building in Moldavia[citation needed]. The monastery was built by Bogdan I of Moldavia (1359–1365) somewhere around 1360.

It was to become his and some the Muşatini voievods necropolis. Here are buried all the rulers of Moldavia from Bogdan I to Alexandru cel Bun. There are ten graves inside the monastery's church:

  • seven in the naos:
    • Bogdan I (in the south-eastern corner)
    • Laţcu Voievod (besides the same wall as Bogdan I)
    • an unmarked grave supposedly Maria's–Bogdan I's wife, or Ana's–Laţcu's wife; the grave is at the level of the ground and not above it as the other ones
    • Ştefan I (on the northern wall)
    • Roman I (on the northern wall)
    • Bogdan, brother of Alexander the Good (on the northern wall)
    • Bogdan, son of Alexander the Good (on the northern wall)
  • three in the pronaos:

The graves were attended to, and marked properly by Ştefan cel Mare. The rocks on top of the graves were created by Jan (c. 1480) at the order of Ştefan cel Mare, "in a style that is different by principle from the oriental decorative sculpture"[citation needed] (P. Comarnescu). They are decorated with Byzantine-oriental ornaments like palmata–a stylized palm plant leaf and local motives like leaves of beech, ash tree leaves, elm tree leaves.

The first internal painting of the church is from the times of Alexandru cel Bun (14th century). In 1558 Alexandru Lăpuşneanu started the restoration of the original painting and following year enlarged the church building. Other restorations happened in the 18th and 19th centuries: between 1745 and 1750, in the time of Bishop Iacob Putneanul and in 1880 when Epaminonda Bucevschi, a Bukovinean painter, created the current frescoin tempera.

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Coordinates: 47°50′33.36″N 25°55′2.69″E / 47.8426000°N 25.9174139°E / 47.8426000; 25.9174139