Gura Humorului Travel Guide

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    It has taken 17 ​​years of work to finally complete building the Cathedral "Nativity of the Virgin," in Gura Humorului. This is the largest church of the city, and probably the newest as the cornerstone was laid in 1994 by the Archbishop of Suceava. Construction began in 1995 and continued until 1998 when it ground to a halt because of...


    "St. Constantine and Elena" is located on Route 177 in the centre of Gura Humorului. This is the road that leads to Humor Monastery, so we went there first and then stopped at this Orthodox church on the way back. The Church was built in 1862 by the Armenians who lived here. Later, it became a Lutheran church, and after WWII, an Orthodox church. I...


    The road to follow from Gura Humorului to Humor Monastery is the 177. Along this route I saw traditional houses made from wooden shingles, and beautifully hand carved wooden gates. The gates are decorated with complex patterns, which not only make it look decorative to my eyes, but to the Romanians, there is a meaning to the pattern. Trees of life,...


    Voronet Monastery I have written about under Suceava, but have added it here, as it's located about 4.5kms from the city centre of Gura Humorlui. This Painted Monastery is probably the most famous of the four Painted Monasteries as the walls are painted "Voronet blue,' and the frescoes are extremely detailed, depicting many religious scenes.


    I have written about this Monastery and more information under Suceava county, but have added information here as its only about 5 km north of the town of Gura Humorului. The Monastery was built in 1530 by Voievod Petru Rares, and is used by Nuns dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Both Petru Rares and his wife are buried in the monastery...

  • Painted Monasteries: Voronet

    The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina were named as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1993.Probably the most famous of the painted monasteries is Voronet, founded in 1487 by Stephen the Great to celebrate a victory over the Turks. Widely known throughout Europe as "the Sistine Chapel of the East" due to its interior and exterior wall paintings, this...

  • Painted Monasteries: Humor

    The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993.Humor Monastery was the first of four painted monasteries we visited in Bucovina, and I think it was my favorite. It was smaller than the other four (Voronet, Sucavita, and Moldovita being the other three). The monastery was founded in 1530, and has many...

  • Voroneţ Monastery

    Any place dubbed the Sistine Chapel of the East should be special and Voroneţ truely is. It's the most beautiful of the painted monasteries of Bucovina, especially its Last Judgement on the western wall is marvelous. It's a miracle that the colours withstood the elements so well. As a matter of fact its blue is so special that it got a name...

  • Humor Monastery

    Despite its name, Humor Monastery is serious business. Like the other painted monasteries, it was built at a time when this area was fighting an ever growing Turkish influence. As it was constructed by Teodor Bubuiog, chancellor of the Moldovan prince Petru Rareş, Humor never was a princely monastery and therefore doesn't have a spire, like...

  • Voronet Monastery

    This is a good example of the clarity of the frescoes. These paintings served a greater importance than simply adding an aesthetic quality to a house of worship: They told Biblical and historical stories to villagers unable to read the old world Slavonic language employed by the Eastern Orthodox church.

  • Voronet Monastery

    The preservation of the Voronet frescoes makes the monastery stand out from other in the region. Some have faded, though restoration work is on the upswing as tourist visits and money flow into the monastery have increased in recent years.

  • Humor Monastery

    Although not as colorful as Voronet, Humor still warrants a visit. It was built in 1530 and is one of the first Romanian Monasteries to be painted in the Byzantine style. Many of the frescoes have faded quite a bit, but the interior of the monastery is still covered in beautiful paintings. Where Voronet is famed for its shade of blue, Humor is...

  • Voronet Monastery

    This is the west wall of Voronets and it is known for its detailed depiction of the Last Judgement. The diminishing red dash on the wall is the River of Fire from Hell.

  • Voronet Monastery

    Voronet Monastery (pronounced "Voronets"), is a pleasant 5 km walk from Gura Humorului on rural roads, through scenic farmland. It was built in 1488. The exterior frescoes were painted by Petru Rares, and are in superb condition. The masterpiece is the Last Judgment - I stared at this for a good 30 minutes. It is in brilliant blue hues, and shows...

  • Humor Monastery

    This tower is on the grounds of the Humor Monastery and despite its short stature, it requires a dangerous climb to the top, via high, narrow, and extremely steep steps. The tower, built in 1641, provides a nice view of the surrounding area.


Gura Humorului Hotels

  • Best Western Bucovina Club de Munte

    4 Bucovina Avenue, Gura Humorului, RO 5900, Romania

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Rubin Hotel

    Bucovinei Avenue 105A, Gura Humorului, Romania

  • Hilde's Residence

    Sipotului Street Nr. 2, Gura Humorului, 725300, Romania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Gura Humorului Restaurants

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    by TravellerMel Written Sep 5, 2012

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    We popped in here when we needed to stop and sit for a refreshment - we chose it because my husband is a Detroit Lions fan, so we liked the name... :-)

    We sat in the patio area outside and to the side of the restaurant. It was a charming patio decorated with pieces of wood carts. We just ordered drinks, but the prices were reasonable, and I saw that the menu offered local dishes. It was a charming place to rest.

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Gura Humorului Transportation

  • To Voronet Monastery

    You can have a nice walk, from the roundabout at the big Best Western hotel, about 1 km to the left at the signpost and about 4 km more (if you come by minibus you can tell the driver to let you off there), or take a taxi, there is no bus.

  • Minibus to Humor Monastery

    From the roundabout opposit the big Best Western hotel runs a minibus to Humor Monastery, for 2 lei, about every 20 minutes.But for Voronet only taxi or walking (1-1,5 hour).

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  • Communist Legacy

    Despite the beautifully painted monasteries and lush surrounding countryside, Gura Humorului shows many scars and decay from Romania's brutal Communist dictatorship.

  • Romanian Communist-Era Apartment...

    Romania obviously isn't totally replete with pleasant countryside homes and lovely Gothic and Baroque city buildings. A fairly sizeable portion of the population lives in buildings like this. It's definitely an important patch in the quilt of contrasts that make this country so interesting.

  • Animals Roaming the Streets

    You're likely to see lots of large unattended animals, such as cows and horses wandering the streets of Gura Humorului and the road to Voronet Monastery.


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