Humor monastery

This natural setting is associated with an original architectural and decorative diversity. The Church of the Humor Monastery is a famous foundation of the Middle Ages.

Set in the exterior façade above the entrance, a votive inscription carved in stone tells us that the church was founded in 1530 by a Moldavian boyar named Toader Bubuiog and his wife 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).

We should also mention here the distinct architecture of the Church of the Humor Monastery. 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 we walked into the pronaos (nartes) and further into the naos. On the eastern side the church construction is finished with the circular apse of the altar. The altar is separated from the naos 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, Arbor churches – all of them in Moldavia. The interior and the exterior walls have been adorned with traditional Orthodox fresco-paintings in Byzantine style.

The frescos at Humor were painted in 535 by Toma Zugravul and are dominated by reds (the color of red brick) and ochres on an indigo background: these colors were cheaper and therefore not as durable as the ones at Voronet. The entire painting has conserved the original XVIth century character. Walked into the church’s pronaos we can see a series of images representing the Synaxarium (Calendar), the icon of the Assumption of the Holly Virgin, the icon of the Akathist 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 are painted mural images representing portraits of the saints and the cycle of Christ Passion and the Entombment, on the vault – Christ Pantocrator.

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 Akathist of the Annunciation, The Jesse’s Tree, The Last Judgment. To the bottom of the southern façade 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.