Merry Cemetery, Sapanta

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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  • The "funny cemetery" isn't just funny. On the crosses, the life of the deceased is briefly described. Sometimes that's really sad, especially when it comes to young people. For example, it says on a cross that a young man has passed away at the age of 29. He drove into the woods and fetched wood. On the way home, just before the village, death got him off the tractor. And that's after he was married for only a short time. I already found this story very sad. On another cross, the daughter-in-law asked, the visitors may be quiet so as not to wake the mother-in-law so that she does not go back to her and continue to ski her. Since the woman passed away at 85, I already thought that was funny. Of course, it is crucial to understand the language in order to be able to read the sayings. I find the cemetery unique in the world, already because of the wooden crosses, designed with naïve painting. The cemetery is still actively used despite the hustle and bustle.
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  • It's called merry and in the beginning it can seem nice due to the poems and paintings, but after a while of reading obituaries it becomes sad. The toilet in there is a shame.  more »
  • The place is unic and original but, if you arrive there in season, it is imposible to see the cemetery, much more noise people inside then crosses. It is better to go to visit the memorial house of th...  more »
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  • Merry cemetery - it is really unique and funny place. All the tombstones are colorful, in a uniform style, and describe stories from the livelihood of the buried person. How he lived, how he worked ... You do not have to know the language, there are pictures on most of the tombstones.
  • Very picturesque place, a very original way to see... death.
  • Something different, but could be better.
  • Why calling "merry" to a place where we bury our loved departed ones? This cemetery is very touristic, visited both by locals and tourists. And it is also unique! And merry! The memory of the dead person is honoured in a very special way. A painting on the person's tomb will let us know who the person was, how he or she died, what he/she was known for, what he/she did for a living, etc. Locals visit their loved ones, water the plants, pray. Sit on the tombstone. Tourists walk silently, admiring the drawings. The energy is lite and positive. And merry! Well worth a visit! It makes you think there's another way to look at death and honour the memory of our loved departed ones
  • Great anthropological visit! I would pay for a Romanian personal guide if there were...an app with basic information and translation would be terrific. Already the colourful church tower is a must see in my eyes
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