Merry Cemetery, Sapanta

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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  • The cheerful cemetery, as it is defined in Italian, is particular for the colored wooden graves, which narrate or the episode that led to death, or positive or working experiences of the deceased. Very special and not to be missed at all.
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  • Extraordinary cemetery in which one could spend time reading admire the crosses. Alas, it is a very touristy place so difficult to stay quiet.
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  • 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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