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Gura Humorului, town in Moldavia / POP.15,800


Gura Humorului, Moldavia, Romania

> Voronet Monastery
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Bukovina area, the north-western corner of Moldavia; a former province of Austria, Bukovina is now divided between Romania and Ukraine. The town is 59km distance from Suceava, the main urban center in the area.

About Gura Humorului, Moldavia

It is a World Heritage UNESCO site. The monastery is centuries-old and the external decorations are amazing.

In 1869, the Jewish community was representing a third of the town's population; in the inter-war period, the languages of choice in city life were Yiddish, German and Romanian. World War II brought an end to Jewish presence in Gura Humorului; under the dictatorship of Ion Antonescu, the community was deported.

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Places to visit in Gura Humorului, Romania

Voronet Monastery
Gura Humorului is most usually the homebase for travelers who plan to visit the monasteries. Voronet is the heart of the town and it is probably the famous painted monasteries of Bukovina. It was built in 1488 by Stephen III of Moldavia (known as "Stephen the Great"); a legend tells us that Stephen the Great, in a moment of crisis during a war against the Ottoman Turks, came to Daniel the Hermit at his skete in Voroneţ and asked for advice. After he won the battle against the Turks, keeping his promise to the monk, the Prince built a new church. The tomb of Daniel, the monastery's first hermit, can also be visited.
Often known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East", the frescoes at Voronet feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as "Voroneţ blue". The exterior walls were painted in 1547 with a background of vivid cerulean blue. This blue is so vibrant that art historians refer to Voronet blue the same way they do Titian red. Take a cab to the monastery, it's 4km away from the town and shouldn't cost more than 2-3 euro. Or you could walk there: the landscape is very nice takes less than an hour to get there.

Going out
There are some restaurants where you can go out for a very cheap dinner in Gura Humorului and also a couple of clubs. But for better entertainment check out the nearby city of Suceava, less than 1 hour driving from the town.

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