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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.
Merry Cemetery reviews
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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