Merry Cemetery, Sapanta

Must see · Cemetery · Tourist Spot
Discover a peculiar collection of painted wooden headstones that tell the stories of the deceased at Merry Cemetery. The character of the person buried under the headstone is depicted in a naïve painting, as well as poetically described in a funny epitaph. In the local Dacian culture, death is a joyful moment filled with anticipation for a better afterlife. Local artist Stan Ioan Pătraş is said to have sculpted the first wooden tombstone and carved the first epitaph in 1935. Try to find a local guide who can translate the writings on the headstones for you. Make Merry Cemetery part of your personalized Sapanta itinerary using our Sapanta trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is not the typical plae I send you to see and you are right a Cemetery is not the usual place. Still this is a Cemetery like no other and it is different due to one man who started it all. Stan.....  more »
  • Not far away from Sighetul Marmației you will find in Săpânța Village an interesting objectif to visit. Very famous is the Merry Cemetery with its great wooden crosses where you will find the short.....  more »
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  • Yeah - it's just a cemetery ... maybe. I've visited a number of historic sites/churches/mosques/synagogues/buildings but this place is unique. One of my favorite all-time, unexpected treasures. If you go, make sure to understand what each of the inscriptions are.
  • Unique place,not just the cemetery but the town too.Unique places which you rarely see nowadays.

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