HUMOR Monastery - Humor village, Suceava County

HUMOR Monastery
Adress: Humor village, Suceava County.
Dedication day: Saint George, 23 April.

At five kilometers distance off the little town Gura Humorului, in the picturesque village Humor, surrounded by old trees and dewy fields, Humor Monastery is set on a hill’s top in one of the most fascinating of the Suceava count. The Church of the Humor Monastery is a famous foundation of the Middle Ages.
Set in the exterior facade above the entrance, a votive inscription carved in stone teaches us the church was founded in 1530 by a Moldavian boyar named Toader Bubuiog and his whife Anastasia, under the reign of Petru Rares. In the vicinity, five hundred meters farther off, are the ruins of another church, older than the Church of Humor Monastery, those ruins belong to an ancient church which was constructed during the reign of Alexander the Kind (1400-1432).
For the first time was constructed here the open porch and "tainita" (a hiding room); that room is placed upstairs and is overlapped above the tombs room. From the open porch there is the pronaos (narthex) and, after it, the naos. On the eastern side the church construction is finished with the circular apse of the altar. The altar is separated form the naps by a beautiful ancient iconostasis carved in wood.
The Church of the Humor Monastery was entirely painted al fresco as well as Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita, Arbore churches - all of them in Moldavia. The interior and the exterior walls have been adorned with traditional Orthodox fresco-paintings in Byzantine style. The exterior walls covered by a delicate painting make those five churches unique throughout the Orthodox world. The exterior fresco-paintings of the Humor Monastery's Church were painted in 1535 by Toma Zugravul. The entire painting has conserved the original XVI th century character.
Into the church’s pronaos there are a series of images representing the Synaxary (Calendar), the icon of the Assumption of the Mother of the God, the icon of the Achathist Hymn of the Virgin, the portraits of the great hermits of Christianity and angels. On the vault of the tomb’s room are painted the scenes of Holy Virgin's Life. On the walls of the naos were painted mural images representing portraits of the saints and the cycle of Christ Passion and the Entombment; on the vault - Christ Panthocrator. The votive portraits of the founders can be also seen on the walls of the naos. The altar with its sacred images completes this precious ensemble of fresco-paintings. The apse's vault of the altar is reserved to the Holy Virgin with her Son, Last Supper, saints, great hierarchs, according to the Orthodox tradition.
Doubtless the most important things which attract the admiration and the appreciation of the visitors, here to the Humor Church are the old painting exterior walls. The important religious themes are: The Acathist of the Annunciation, The Iesei's Tree, and The Last Day of the Judgment. To the bottom of the southern facade was painted the extraordinary scene of the Constantinople’s Siege. That fresco represents a mirror of the historical events concerning the conquest of the capital of the Byzantine Empire in 1453 by the Ottoman army.
The all style of the sacred monument, but especially the fresco-painting is strongly connected of salvation's idea of the people; people whom look to the scenes of the salvation's history and they feel the irresistible attraction of the Christian's consummation.

Category: Monasteries of SUCEAVA
Added: Aug 29, 2010
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