Merry Cemetery, Sapanta

#1 of 49 in Historic Sites in Northwest Romania
Must see · Cemetery · Tourist Spot
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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  • Brightly looking, colored cemetery with funny stories on the tombstones. A very colorful monastery too. Small entrance fee (1 euro) but not much activity for non-Romanian speakers.  more »
  • This cemetery is one of a kind! The messages on the crosses are not really "merry", they are glimpses of life, captured by the master artist. Definitely worth to see! I wouldn't recommend...  more »
  • Yeah - it's just a cemetery ... maybe. I've visited a number of historic sites/churches/mosques/synagogues/buildings but this place is unique. One of my favorite all-time, unexpected treasures. If you go, make sure to understand what each of the inscriptions are.
  • Unique place,not just the cemetery but the town too.Unique places which you rarely see nowadays.

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