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The beginning of the culture of Husi are connected to the set up, in 1598, of the Bishopric of Husi by lord Ieremia Movila, on the proposal of the bishop of Moldavia, Ghoerge Movila, brother of the lord. It has been a great school for the spirituality of the place but si for the zones in Basarbia which were under the jurisdiction of the Bishopric of Husi. Many bishoprics which served the Bishopric of Husi managed to be more than spiritual shepards, getting to be great cultural men, authors of religious books and translations. So, the renowned Dosoftei, the author of the Psalms in verses (1673) began his career as Bishop of Husi (1752-1782). Inochentie, bishop and great diplomat in relations with Russia, was bishop for 30 years in Husi (1752-1782). Another celebrity of the Orthodox Romanian Church, Veniamin Costache, became bishop of Husi between 1792-1796.


Mitrofan the IIIrd, bishop of Husi between 1683-1686, printed the Bible from Bucharest (1688).
Melchisedec Stefanescu, member of the Romanian Academy, historic and scholar, was the principal of the Theological Seminary in Husi between 1856-18??, and between 1861-1864, Episcopalian vicar. He is author of the best work about the old history of the town ("The Chronicles of Husi an the Bishopric with the same name" 1869).
Iosif Gheoghian, bishop of Husi (1865-1879), had a decisive contribution for gaining the independence of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Iacov Antonovici, great writer and historic, learned in the seminary of Husi, bishop of Husi in his last years of life (m. 1931), edited here important works. He is buried in the Bishopric Cathedral.
Nicodim Munteanu was bishop of Husi (1912-1923), and the Patriarch of Romania since 1939.
Nifon Criveanul, bishop between 1933 and 1939, wrote, in the memory of Melchisedec, The Chronicles of Husi, which appears today under the hand of P.S. Ioachim of Husi.
We mention that the Bishopric was abolished in 1949 and reactivated in 1996, the first bishop was P.S. Ioachim which, in a short time, realized great deeds.
Regarding religious culture, it appears in the XIXth century, as a consequence of the growing of education. The postgymnasium schools that contributed to the making of the cultural atmosphere were: The Theological Seminary since 1852 and the Cuza-Voda High-School, reactivated as a gymnasium in 1889 then with the name of the Classical Gymnasium Anastasie Panu since 1894 and Cuza-Voda High-School since 1918.
The personalities that have their name connected to Husi are many. The dictionary of the personalities of Husi, signed by Lina Codreanu si Th. Codreanu in the History of Husi from 1995 registers over 300 personalities, most of them have national and European importance. These personalities, born in Husi or just students here, lived here or created in this city. They are connected in many domains.
Here are a few personalities born in Husi: Victor I. Anastasiu (medic and psycho-physiologist of international notoriety), Ion Antonica (sculptor), Adam Baltatu (painter), Gheorghe Baltatu (viticulture), Alexandru Beldiman (writer), Radu Cernatescu (chemistry, academician), Constantin Codrescu, Alexandru Giugaru, Octavian Cotescu (actors), Neculai Costachescu (chemistry, academician), Mihai Cozmei (musician), Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Stefan Dumitrescu (painter), Nicolae Hortolomei (urologist, academician), Ion Gugiuman (geographer), Anton Holban (writer), Costache Olareanu (writer), Paul Popescu Neveanu (psychologist), Mihai Ralea (lived here many years, in the city of his parents), Costache Stamate (writer), Vasile Vasilache (composer and actor, George Vintila (conductor), Viorel Husi (painter), Nicolae Malaxa (industry). And the list could go on. Here is a list of important people that lived or studied in Husi: Vasile Aciobanitei, sculptor Octavian Angheluta, painter Elie Baican, folklorist Corneliu Bārsan, law specialist Emil Craciun, medic, academician Gheorghe Focsa, principal of The Village Museun from Bucharest Constantin V. Gheorghiu, chemistry specialist Gh. Ghibanescu, historic Mihai Iancu, geographer Gavril Muzicescu Cezar Ivanescu, poet Constantin Macarovici, chemistry specialist, academician Alexandru Obreja, geographer Gh. Saulescu, writer Mihai Selaru, neuropsychiatrist Constantin Toma, academician biologist Vasile Vasilachi, teologist, writer Anastasie Ratu, naturalist, medic and academician. Next we have a list of a few important people that lived and created in Husi: Ion Alexandru Anghelus, poet Constantin Asiminei, poet N.A. Caranfil, folklorist Petre Constantinescu-Iasi, historic academician Grigore Cretu, folklorist Nicolae Dunareanu, writer Chesarie Paunescu, writer Petre V. Jitariu, biologist, academician Mihai R. Vernbach, medic, academician Ioan Neamtu, agronomic engineer and viticulturor Ion Minulescu, writer Theodor D. Sperantia, writer and folklorist
From 1973 appears the first press. The first publication was the Voice of Husi in 1873. Along the time there were about 90 publications registered, most of then on a short period. Important for the culture and the politics of the city proved to be : Voice of Husi (new series since 1990), Good Thoughts (1914-1916), The Anuary of the Theological Seminary, The Chronicles of Husi, Zorile (publicized by the students of the Dimitrie Cantemir Agro-Industrial High-School), Prometeu (1962-1929), Credinta, Prutul which appears in 2001. There was too an important typographic activity. The first book printer in Husi was "Songs on the Valley of Prut", work of N.A. Caranfil (at the Typography of The Associates, very appreciated by A.D. Xenopol and B.P. Hasdeu. After it, the bishop printed several books. In 1875, Iosif Gheorghian, printed the Exposure of the Doctrine of the Orthodox Church, a translation. After him, other books were printed by: Silvestru Bolonescu, Nicodim Munteanu, Iacov Antonovici, Grigorie Leu, Anton I. Popescu, Constantin Holban, Mihai Leondari, Gh. Ghibanescu, Gh. Ghiga, C. Chirita.
The Culture was stimulated by circle of priests, scholars and teachers, through vocal formations (favorized by the existence of the seminary at the beginning, and then by the school of singers). in 1900, Gavril Muzicescu organizes vocal concerts and in Husi, on the 16th of January 1916, George Enescu gives a concert for the wounded. After 1920, a powerful musical movement took place in the Popular Athenaeum D. Cantemir, the leaders were Ion David, Petru Ghenghea, Constantin A. Radulescu, Costache Palade. In 1927, april, a Beethoven Festival was organized by this Athenaeum, and it was repeated in 1930. The Choir of The Bishopric Cathedral was famous thanks to its long activity since the end of the XIXth century until 1949. Another Choir existed at the Cultural Home Lumina, the home became a state institution in 1938, before the House of Culture after World War Two
The Choir of the House Of Culture (which today has the name of the actor Alexandru Giugaru) was supported along the years by personalities like: C. Arvinte, George Vintila, Sabin Pantza, Mihai Cozmei, Vasile Spatarelul and conducted by talented teachers like: Ioan Timus, Liese-Lotte Vārna, Maria Moraru, Ion Mereuta.
Inside the House of Culture Al. Giugaru activated the Theatre of Amateurs, a cinematic studio, dance formations, a literary group (ruled for many years by Ion Alexandru Anghelus). The important cultural activities were organized in the Cultural Autumn of Husi and at the Mihai Ralea Municipal Library. The city has religious places declared national monuments - The Bishopric Cathedral made by Stefan The Great and Saint, in 1495. The Bichopric Palace helds a museum and a library with rare books. Also, there are a few museums in Husi that are worth mentioned: The History and Archeology Museum, The Viticol Museum inside the D. Cantemir High-School.

Professor Theodor Codreanu

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