Will come out in early 2006
Probota Monastery was built nearly 500 years ago, as the burial place
of the ruling prince of Moldavia, Petru Rareş. The church of
St. Nicholas is one of the famous Moldavian Painted Monasteries, and has
been on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List since 1993.
Between 1996 and 2001, UNESCO carried out extensive restoration work in
Probota. The interior and exterior frescoes and the iconostasis of the
church were restored; the church was thoroughly repaired and a heating
system installed; several unknown monastic buildings were discovered during
the archaeological excavations and the remains were consolidated and partly
As the book describing the five-year UNESCO restoration project, The Restoration of the Probota Monastery
, has already run out of print,
Metaneira is preparing a second, improved, edition. Whereas the first
edition described the achievements of the whole restoration project, the
second edition will concentrate on that, which makes the Church of St.
Nicholas unique: the frescoes
and the flamboyant Gothic architecture. This revised version will have
more full page pictures to better reveal the beauty of the 16th century
frescoes and, in addition, very precise line
drawings that show, wall by wall, all the scenes present in the church.
The monastery is situated in the middle of the small village of Probota,
in the countryside of Moldavia. The book will also show the lives of the
people who live around the monastery, and will tell how it has influenced
their daily lives through the centuries.