Church of the Holy Archangels, Rogoz

#9 of 14 in Historic Sites in Maramures County
The Church of the Holy Archangels is one of eight Wooden Churches of Maramureş in Romania listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in December 1999. The structure is in the village of Rogoz in the Lăpuș River valley within the mountainous area of northern Transylvania.HistoryThe church was built in 1633, which is indirectly confirmed by the inscription at the entrance informing visitors about the Tatar raid in 1661. The church survived the last Tatar invasion of 1717 which is referred to on a mural writing which mentions the terrifying year 1717 of the time of the Tatars. In 1883 it was moved from Suciu de Sus to the centre of the village of Rogoz on the site of St. Parasceva, an existing church built in 1701. In 1834 the size of the nave windows was increased. In 1960-1961 a major renovation of the structure was undertaken and the floors were renewed.StructureThe church is a timber structure built of slabs that are jointed together without the use of metal nails. The wooden walls rest on a base of stone blocks and pebbles. The timber is elm and according to tradition all this wood came from two huge trees from the hill of Dealul Popii. The roof is of wooden shingles with very wide eaves that overhang the walls. There is a tower at the western end, the usual position in Maramures wooden churches. The tower has a spire and four corner pinnacles, all hung with shingles and surrounded by the sweep of the main roof. The nave is narrow and rectangular, extending to a heptagonal chancel at the eastern end. There is also a polygonal porch. The design combines Orthodox traditions with Gothic influences. Both the interior and exterior have carved wooden architectural details including a twisted rope decoration. There are two windows in the nave and the altar has a small circular window through which the sun’s rays penetrate for a period of 30 minutes from 1 to 15 August.
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  • We a driver there on Sunday during the service but when it was finished had a very interesting guide from the priest's son Matteo!  more »
  • We were welcomed by the priest, who was our guide, and presented us the house of worship, the painting made several hundred years ago and the objects that adorned the church from the beginning. The...  more »
  • Very beautiful and in good shape! A bit different in architectural style, we loved it The priest made a very interesting presentation in English!
  • Impressive UNESCO monument. The church has a lot of years of history behind, it’s a pity because it doesn’t has some many visitors as the rest of the wooden churches from Maramures but just because somehow is isolated in Lapus county. It’s a pice of art that it’s a must see.
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