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Bukovina
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An area in the northern Carpathian foothills which has unique churches and monasteries with exceptional frescoes dating back 500 years. Sucevita is the home of a monastery with the leading number of frescoes in the region. 29km (18 miles) west of Sucevita is Moldovita, well known for its spectacular paintings. The Moldavian region has 48 monasteries in total, almost all of them built to celebrate victories over the Turks in the 14th and 15th centuries. There are also several beautiful old churches, notable for their painted exterior walls decorated with 15th- and 16th-century Byzantine frescoes. Seven of them are now included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.