Surdesti Wooden Church
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania9,676 contributions
Sep 2020
The wooden church at Surdesti - together with it twin church in Plopis - used to be the tallest wooden church in Maramures , until the church of the Monastery Sapanta Peri was erected ... it is 72 m high ( Peri is 75 m still debatable since it is half stone and brick and half wood that 1 - so for me is not all "Wooden" !).
Built in 1721 by team of locals lead by the famous master of wooden church building Ion Macarie and painted by the not less famous church painter Stefan Zugravul - the church still preserves the decorations as those were made (it is a Greek Catholic church - and given that less candles and incense is used during the service - hence less smoke to darken the paintings ...).
Visiting will cost you 7 RON - a little over 1,5 Euro's but the custodian will give you a very detailed explanation about the history of the church.
The steep roofing - stepped - and the central tower with the 4 small towers surrounding it are the marks of the old wooden churches in Maramures.
Since 1999 this church is also on the UNESCO world heritage list (among other 7 ).
So if you are in the area it is certainly a must do - regardless if you are religious or not (and since Plopis is only 3 km away you can visit both this churches.).
It is indeed an experience.
Written 7 October 2020
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
Jul 2019
The village of Surdesti is located in Maramures, on the road between the Cavnic ski resort and Baia Mare. This Greek Catholic wooden church is one of the tallest of its kind in Europe, and the second in Romania. Located on a hill, above the parking lot, the church stands in the middle of a small and very old cemetery, with gravestones dating over two hundred and fifty years. The really impressive fact is that its uniquely elegant, 54 meters high steeple was build completely by hand. The interior paintings are still original and not renovated and they date from 1783.
Written 14 November 2019
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brent b
Arroyo Grande, CA283 contributions
Sep 2019
not worth much time but it is a real testimony for the people who build this huge wooden church in 1767 and it is well preserved. a bit of a drive but many tourists are there.
Written 31 October 2019
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DianaCosmina
Cluj-Napoca, Romania98 contributions
Aug 2019
The wooden church that kept the original painting unaltered, also at the objective there is a guide that offers details about construction, rehabilitation and heritage objects.
Located in a picturesque location, relatively easily accessible from the main road.There is a parking lot and toilets.
Written 19 August 2019
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Eugen B
Constanta, Romania861 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The UNESCO heritage wooden church of Surdesti is one of the few wooden churches from Maramures that was lucky enough to be fully renovated with European money.
Consequently you will find a good access road, a large parking lot and information center with flyers, maps, guides, etc. The church itself has a renovated roof and the interior painting was also cleaned up.
It is a pleasure to see that it can be done also this way. Unfortunately less than half of the UNESCO heritage wooden churches from Maramures benefit of such a renewal process.
Due to the easy access and being one of the closest wooden churches to Baia Mare it should be included in your visiting priorities.
Written 27 August 2018
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Jim M
Seattle, WA147 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
This wooden church claims to have the tallest wooden spire in the area (or country??) The tower dominates..and overwhelms.. the actual building. The interior is cramped and modest. But, a unique structure in an area full of wooden churches. However, quite difficult to find with poor signage. So, be sure to ask the locals for directions before setting out to see this church
Written 19 August 2018
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Kroulak
Brno, Czech Republic3,753 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Under UNESCO church,but no good signs get there. The lady inside was a really helpfull and friendly,fluently speak English with many historical details,high reccomnded!
Written 12 August 2018
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Aaron Q
165 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
The paintings are peeling off the olds walls, but in an amazing way. Photographs were not allowed inside. The young man working spoke 5 languages, including English, and was helpful with information about the church. There was a small fee for entering when I was there, which visitors were not asked for until they were already well inside the church, which was somewhat awkward, but the fee was modest. There is also a little graveyard around the church. Off to the right of the parking lot, you could walk a path through the trees and through a clearing in a field to another nearby wooden church in the distance, but I only photographed its steeple as time was short at this point. These churches are a little off the beaten path, so be ready to drive a bit if you're venturing to the main cities in Romania.

For me, it was worth it. These are rare churches, quite spectacular, although you may find them in different places in Romania, not just in Surdesti.
Written 12 March 2018
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Ken L
Colville, WA110 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This thing is enormous, made of wood in the 1720s, and still standing in good shape. It was closed, but we were able to look through the windows, and the outside is just incredible. An amazing structure.
Written 30 January 2018
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Mike S
Rockland, Canada428 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
The wooden church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel at Surdesti is well worth the visit if you are interested in these sort of things. It is one of the best examples of its kind in all of Romania, and should not be missed if you are in Maramures.
Written 29 September 2017
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