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Humor Monastery located in Mănăstirea Humorului, about 5 km north of the town of Gura Humorului, Romania. It is a monastery for nuns dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary, or Theotokos. It was constructed in 1530 by Voievod Petru Rareş and his chancellor Teodor Bubuiog. The monastery was built over the foundation of a previous monastery that dated from around 1415. The Humor monastery was closed in 1786 and was not reopened until 1990.The church has been inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites, as one of the Painted churches of Moldavia.FrescoesHumor was one of the first of Moldavia's painted monasteries to be frescoed and, along with Voroneţ, is probably the best preserved. The dominant colour of the frescoes is a reddish brown. The master painter responsible for Humor's frescoes, which were painted in 1535, is one Toma of Suceava.The subjects of the frescoes at Humor include the Siege of Constantinople and the Last Judgment, common on the exterior of the painted monasteries of Bucovina, but also the Hymn to the Virgin inspired by the poem of Patriarch Sergius of Constantinople relating to the miraculous intervention of the Theotokos in saving the city from Persian conquest in 626. The Persians are, however, depicted as Turks which is a common device in these monasteries, their paintings being used in part for political propaganda in addition to their spiritual meaning.Put Humor Monastery on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Gura Humorului road trip planning site.
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Definitely don't miss the Humor and Voronets monasteries. These are unique cultural patrimony, and very beautiful. Easy access from Gura Homorului, which is good base for exploring all the Bucovina... more »
This place has a lot of reviews so I'll keep it short. It's a great, history-packed place that should be definitely visited. more »
Nice church and grounds. The high tower is worth the visit, but do be careful on the narrow and steep steps. I would not reccomend them for the "larger" individual. The views from the top are nice, 360 degrees. Entry fee as most places 5 lei (£1), extra for photo or video. Go figure.
A lovely little monastery with a tower, the frescoes that remain have fantastic bright colours. Unfortunately one side of the monastery has almost no colour left.
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