Top things to do in Iza Valley

Monastery in Bârsana

Bârsana Monastery

This enormous all-wooden Orthodox monastic complex counts some 10 massive buildings atop a steep hill, including a beautiful church built in 1993, and is a popular Maramureş pilgrimage site. Check out the small muse…
Church in Poienile Izei

Poienile Izei Church

This wooden church from the early 17th century has some of the most dramatic (and best preserved) frescoes of hell you are ever likely to encounter. Look to the left upon entry for eerie depictions of infernal torme…
Arts Centre in Bârsana


Not a gallery as such but a garden workshop, this place is operated by master artisan Ioan Bârsan, who whittles wood and produces everything from life-size bears to the ubiquitous carved wooden entrance gates. Defin…
Church in Ieud

Ieud Graeco-Catholic Church

This wooden church, built in 1717, is now Graeco-Catholic in denomination. It has no porch, a unique characteristic for this region, and the church houses one of the largest collections of icons on glass found in th…
Church in Bârsana

Bârsana Church

Bârsana's Unesco-listed wooden church, which contains interior paintings by local masters Hodor Toador and Ion Plohod, dates to 1720. It is signposted 700m up the hill to the north from the centre of the village.
Church in Ieud

Ieud Orthodox Church

This 17th-century wooden church is where the Ieud Codex, a document dating from 1391–92 and considered to be the oldest example of written Romanian, was found in 1921. The church has a freestanding belfry.
Museum in Ieud

Ethnographic Museum

This tiny museum contained in two traditional Maramureş cottages is across the bridge from Ieud's Graeco-Catholic church.
Church in Botiza

Botiza Church

This Unesco-listed wooden church was built in Vișeu de Jos in 1690 and moved here in 1899.