Romantic humor

Manastirea Voronet, in Romania (

Manastirea Voronet, in Romania (

Life is odd, and so must be, by definition, blogmaking. I was trolling YouTube – “architecture humor” – trying to find something to match Monty Python in its ability to bring more readers to my blog. When I posted Monty Python’s skit on architecture my blog back in March, I got more hits by far than ever before. So I tried again and came across a video called “Manastirea Humor,” and a sign for “Manastirea Humorului,” which I figured might not be funny but might fit in with my meme that architecture around the world may be traced back to its own native forms of classicism. I thought this might be an example from the Far East. I googled Manastirea Humorului and found that it was a village in Romania. I am a quarter Romanian, a quarter Hungarian, a quarter German and a quarter Norwegian. But I almost never find things that tickle my Romanian quarter. This does. But it falls more under the category of beauty than humor. Still, you may view it here. (Yes, I plan to return to the search for something funny.)

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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