Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Sapanta

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Discover a peculiar collection of painted wooden headstones that tell the stories of the deceased at Merry Cemetery of Sapanta. 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. Add Merry Cemetery of Sapanta and other attractions to your Sapanta trip itinerary using our Sapanta vacation trip planner.
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  • Gaudy and useless. It betrays the true spirit of the enchanting cemeteries of Maramures. more and more only a tourist attraction sideshow. Some nice stories, but only if you know the Romanian. 
  • My first visit after many years at Sapanta. The cemetery is as beautiful as I remember it, the church is restaured. The only problem we had was with the girl that was cleaning the candle place. She to...  read more »
  • We took a day trip here from Baia Mare. It is definitely worth to come here, Merry Cemetery is original! Never seen something like this place before. Note, all words on the crosses/tomb stones are in ...  read more »
  • De referință pentru Maramureș. Posibil sa fiți puțin dezamăgiți dar eat de bifat.
  • An unique cemetery, you should visit this one!
  • It's a great experience to see live that area, that work of art! People smile, they wear pink in their cheaks without blush, friendly and funny!
  • National Geographic's Top 10 Cemeteries: Merry Cemetery, Romania: Tucked behind Sapanta’s Church of the Assumption, ornately carved oak crosses mark each of the countryside plot’s 900-plus graves; art and poetry tell quirky tales of the dead. In an epitaph for a lifelong boozer, a posthumous request: “Leave a little wine.”
  • Unique tourist attraction of the area, funny tombstones, the downside is that if you're not native speaking you have difficulty reading them as they are not translated.