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- Truly a unique experience. Costs 15 lei to enter. Wooden crosses have hand painted pictures which are meant to give a sense of the person buried in that plot. Underneath the painting is a description of the person’s life or how they died. It’s all in Romanian so try to find someone who can translate them for you. I liked the one which said “here lies Mr X who married wife #1, she left, he married wife #2 and they separated, was about to marry wife #3 and unfortunately died.Written 28 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The place has some fame even outside the country's borders .
After all it is highly unusual one should be happy to lie in the cemetery .
So this one is special - but to enjoy it one should master the language or be with someone who does . Not all texts , on the graves , are really merry but they have some sort of lightness and acceptance that makes you smile at least now and then .Written 14 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Probably highest wooden church in the world. Beautiful wooden church, well preserved and accessible by car. Surrounded by very nice gardens.Written 4 January 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Stan Ioan Patras - 1908 - 1977- artist, wood carver and painter the man who single handedly put Sapanta on the map of the world.
In 1935 Stan Ioan Patras has started to place small epitaphs on the crosses of the cemetery in the village of Sapanta. He was an "anonymous" young wood carver who has perfected his style in the coming years. Bottom line is, by 1977 (the year of his passing) he had carved and painted more than 700 wooden crosses - majority of those are to be found in the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta.
His dark humor , the archaic "tongue" the original epitaphs are written and the bright colors used ("Primordial" if you want - all symbols used in the art of the area) after years have created the tourist attraction that is is today.
This Memorial house and Museum is like 200 m away from the cemetery and it is showing the home of the master as it was when he passed away. Stan Ioan's apprentice and the artist that continues the work , Dumitru Pop has chosen to live in the house of Stan Ioan Patras and he continues to work and uses the workshops of the "original" master of Sapanta.
The house is simple - the decorative pieces - created by Stan Ioan Patras - are amazing and definitely worth seeing, the works of an accomplished artist. Visiting is definitely worth it - the custodian will give you a lot of information about the activity and life of Stan Ioan Patras. (and you can checkout the workshops too - it you are lucky you will see Dumitru Pop working there , or his apprentice.)
Once you are in Sapanta take the time and go - see the house of the man who put Sapanta on the world map
PS - in the title was only playing around with the letters (a joke for metalheads!).Written 15 September 2020
- When you are in Sapanta - but you know that you don't have the time to visit other places - you can stop here to have an idea about how the traditional wooden churches are built.
This is a fairly recent wooden church - does not have the patina and the history of the old wooden churches in Maramures , nonetheless for those of you who want to understand the technique of building and the architecture they can stop here for a few minutes and take a look.
It is right next to the parking lot in the village center, in the vicinity of the Merry Cemetery - so its no detour is right there and you can see it.
Visiting is free of charge - of course like in any church donations are welcome - and if you decide to visit this place, choose the right clothing and be respectful - regardless if you are a "believer" or not.
Overall , it is interesting - the wood carving has some beautiful examples here if you are in Sapanta you should stop for a few pics ... (you should not make the trip just for this - but it can be an easy addition to the to do/to see list of landmarks in Sapanta)Written 11 September 2020
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