Must see attractions in Maramureş

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    Merry Cemetery

    Săpânţa village boasts the unique 'Merry Cemetery', famous for the colourfully painted wooden crosses that adorn the tombstones in the village's graveyard…

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    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…

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    Elie Wiesel Memorial House

    The late Jewish writer and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel (1928–2016) was born in and later deported from this house on the corner of Str…

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    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…

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    Village Museum

    Allow two to three hours to wander through the incredible constructions at the open-air Village Museum, about 2.5km southeast of Sighetu Marmaţiei's…

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    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…

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    Village Museum

    The Village Museum displays 15 traditional wooden houses (plus gates, barns and even a pigsty), for which the region is famed. The 16th-century Church of…

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    Remetea Chioarului Church

    This tiny church, dating from 1800, is the highlight of Ţara Chioarului. It contains some faint interior paintings of St Nicholas to the left of the…

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    Călineşti Susani Church

    Built in 1683, this church is one of two in Călineşti and is more spectacular than the Josani one. It's on the right side of the road at the end of the…

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    Budeşti Josani Church

    Budeşti Josani church (1643) has four small turrets surrounding a bell tower. An 18th-century painting of the Last Judgment is among the church’s wooden…

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    Deseşti Church

    This Orthodox church, built in 1770, contains interior paintings (1780) by Radu Munteanu that feature a harrowing glimpse of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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    Surdeşti Church

    One of the most magnificent churches in the Maramureş region, with a 54m-high steeple and splendid wall and ceiling paintings.

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    Sephardic Synagogue

    Sighet’s only remaining synagogue is north of Piaţa Libertăţii. It was built in the Moorish-Renaissance style in 1904. You can look around for free, but…

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    Stephen’s Tower

    Looming above newly created Piaţa Cetăţii, this 40m-high Gothic-style tower dating from the mid-15th century once served as the belfry for an adjoining…

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    Paupers' Cemetery

    Many of the 53 political and religious prisoners executed in the prison that now houses the Memorial Museum to the Victims of Communism and to the…

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    Săpânţa-Peri Monastery

    This Orthodox monastery complex boasts a wooden church built with a nontraditional stone base. At 75m in height, it lays claim to be the tallest wooden…

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    Maramureş Ethnographic Museum

    One of three branches of the Maramureş Museum – the others are the Elie Wiesel Memorial House and the Village Museum – this ethnographic museum displays…

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    Ethnographic & Folk Art Museum

    Northwest of the stadium in the City Park, this comprehensive collection in four large rooms traces traditional life in Maramureş from cradle to grave,…

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    Jewish Cemetery

    Organise visits to the cemetery through the Jewish Community Centre. To reach the cemetery from Str Gheorghe Şincai in the centre follow Str Izei for a…