Biserica Sfantul Nicolai

Balinesti Romania

Romanian Orthodox

The monastery church, built in 1499, is one of the simplest churches in Bucovina. The open porch with gothic stone arcades and the exterior wall paintings, from 1535-1538, are of special note. The church suffered from the Turks, who set fire to it in the 17th century and also defaced the eyes of the saints, and also from the Austrians who used it as a warehouse. It was restored in 1721. The church has been in the care of the Department of HIstorical Monuments since 1899. Repairs after World War I. The church is one of ten named to UNESCO?s World Cultural Heritage in 1993. Restoration of interior and exterior painting began in 2002.