Thursday, January 16, 2014

Maramureș….Dream Land of Wooden Churches

Sacred log building systems transcend centuries from the Middle Ages in Northern Transylvania area of Romania called Maramureș. 

Arduzel Church Maramures
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Today almost 100 wooden churches still stand, about one third built two centuries ago. The skilled master carpenters continue their craft throughout the country from one generation to the next.
Built in 1720, the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple is a World Heritage Site in Bârsana, Romania and it features some of the most representative baroque indoor murals in Maramureș.

Bârsana Church

Carved Wooden Gate

Folk architecture of wood and clay, many were listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1999.
Placed in nature’s landscape, peaks reaching for the heavens witness the Glory of the Orthodox faith in remote villages and sides of a mountain.

Botiza Monastery

Maramures Pottery

One cannot visit this blessed place of Transylvania without a stop in Sapanta and The Merry Cemetery.

Here, naïve paintings cover the crosses in an original and poetic manner, depicting the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their daily lives.

A legacy from the Dacian belief that death was an event filled with joy as the soul is immortal.

 Life goes on in Maramureș, children fill the village with their joy and laughter, fresh baked bread is waiting in the hearth.

Children of Maramures