Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Sapanta

(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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  • The cemetery is larger than I expected and ever growing. I enjoyed looking for humorous grave markers I had seen on American travel shows. This is one of the best attractions in Maramureș in my opinio...  more »
  • I've been there in august 2015. They made us pay some RONs at the entrance, as i remember, and they were less gravestones that were that funny, most of them only rhymed and told some things from the l...  more »
  • Each person is unique and the unique has become symbol of every garvsten of every human being that is carved and painted on the wood.
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  • so the merry cemetery is without a doubt one of the most unique experiences I had in Romania, it's unique duo to the fact that first of all you have a nice church in the middle although at the moment it is under renovations but the outer part if beautiful and is filled with drawing about the traditional Romanian cloth and stuff like that, the tombstones of the deceased because first of all they are very colorful, they have a drawing depicting the person profession or something unique about him and also a story is written but it is in Romanian so I think a guide is a must unless you speak Romanian, or the cemetery there are little shops and restaurants which are nice to visit, overall in my opinion worth visiting without a doubt
  • Very interesting place. The most original cemetery that I've ever seen. One of the must see places in Romania. I was only missing some information folder written in English. It's good idea to obtain one before visit.
  • very positive experience for a cemetery: for a small entrance fee, this small cemetery depict positive characteristics of deceased local people painted with a short text on a carved wooden "grave-stone", in the middle of compound a picturesque church
  • Amazing place. Full of surprises. The cemetry is crying out for an app to translate the text.
  • Lovely and funny place! Reccommended to go with a local to translate the writings on the gravestones if you dont know Romanian.