Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Sapanta

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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 idea is definitely an original one but after reading several inscriptions you feel a little disappointment. There are very brute attempts of poetry describing in short the life of the people burie...  more »
  • The cemetary is interesting, and if you read Romanian, you can get to know what happened to the people who are lying here. If you do not - do not expect a guide or translation if you do not bring it. ...  more »
  • We came to Sapanta for tradition and to see this cemetery. It is very interesting the way the locals built the crucifixes. There are only 2 persons left in the village qho still do these crucifixes. T...  more »
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  • Really unique experience, I believe one of the must see in Romania. Entrance to cementary is 5 ron, you are allowedto make picture. Grave of the founder just in front of the entrance to the newly constructed church.
  • While a unique experience without a doubt, this place would benefit from an investment in a museum to explain the history and process of cross making. A translation app for the text on the crosses would also be of great help to the growing number of foreign visitors. Guides would do, too.
  • A very interesting place to visit. With crosses carved by a local, who has now passed away. Outside are your normal tourist traps selling rubbish but some real local gems can be found.
  • 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.
  • 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

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