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Maramures: The Merry Cemetery, The Mocanita train and The Barsana Monastery

Maramures is a geographical and ethno-cultural region situated on the territories of Romania and Ukraine. The south of the region belongs to Romania and forms the Maramures county. It is one of the most famous regions in Romania, both for local and foreign tourists thanks to its unique attractions which include The Merry Cemetery from Săpânța, The Mocanita train, an old train with steam engine, that tourists can cruise around the villages with, and the The Barsana Monastery

The Merry Cemetery is, probably, the most well-known touristic attraction from Maramures around the world. It is classed first in the top of funeral monuments in Europe and second in the world, after the Valley of the Kings. The Cemetery was founded in the mid 1930’s by Stan Ion Patras, who was a sculptor, poet and painter. The creativity and hard work of this man created this monument. For over 50 years, he created hundreds of wooden crosses, sculpted in a personalized way. Each cross also has a short poem which tells, in an amusing way, the life and death of the person buried there.

 

The Mocanita train was built after WW1, initially, only to transport wood around the area. Nowadays, the train still serves its initial purpose, but, also, it transports tourists around. The train starts its journey in Viseu de Sus and goes along the shores of the Vaser River. The railroad is one of the last ones used for steam locomotives in Europe and its destination is the top of a nearby hill, where tourists can enjoy the beautiful landscape.

 

The Barsana Monastery is a complex of buildings and is one of the most beautiful monasteries in the world. It was built by Voivode Dragos in the 16th century, but in 1740 the Episcopate of Maramures was disbanded and in 1791 the monastery was disbanded as well and left in ruin after it was destroyed. In 1991 its reconstruction began.

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The Merry Cemetery
The Merry Cemetery
The Mocanita Train
The Mocanita Train
The Barsana Monastery
The Barsana Monastery
The Barsana Monastery
The Barsana Monastery
Interior of The Barsana Monastery
Interior of The Barsana Monastery

Photo credits:

The Merry Cemetery by Adrian Banu - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 roThe Mocanita Train by Maramu1976 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0The Barsana Monastery by Monica groza - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0The Barsana Monastery by Nicu farcas - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0Interior of The Barsana Monastery by Țetcu Mircea Rareș (uploaded to ro.wikipedia by the author), CC BY-SA 2.5

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