Medieval architecture in Wallachia and Moldavia is unmistakably Byzantine with some admixture of Islamic art motifs (Turkish, Armenian, Georgian or Persian), but in Moldavia, unlike Wallachia, there are elements of Gothic church architecture clearly visible in the gently arched or sharply pointed shape of doors and windows (a few of them deeply recessed, with archivolts and occasionally painted, rarely sculptured, tympanums, and with Gothic tracery), in the presence of buttresses, some of them stepped (of which few reach up to the roof, but most of them don't), and in the window-and-door frames and mouldings (scotias, toruses, ovolos and fillets) and other ornamental decorations (blind arcading, niches, ceramic roundels) of a number of churches, some of them with ribbed vaulting (e.
Doors, windows, buttresses and archivolts are built in stone, steeples are brick, just like, occasionally, the upper section of the church.
Open Access explores the history, development, and accrued connotations of a distinctive entry configuration comprised of a set of concentrically stepped archivolts
surrounding a deliberate tympanum-free portal opening.
The west portal's tympanum reflects an early attempt at recycling: the archivolts
surrounding the tympanum were made in the sixteenth century from a collection of disused stone columns, cut into small pieces and placed horizontally around the portal.