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The Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa, Maramureş County

The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the town of Săpânţa, Maramureş County, famous for the crosses of the brightly colored tombs and the naive paintings representing scenes from the life and occupation of the inhabited people. On some crosses there are even verses in which the persons are mentioned, often with humorous nuances.

The novelty of this cemetery is the differentiation from popular culture, which considers death as a sad event. It was hypothesized that Stan Ioan Patras would have been inspired by the Dacian culture, of which Ovid Densusanu was taught to think of death as a merry event. Since 1935, the first epitaph dates from the 1960s and the entire cemetery was populated with about 800 such crosses, carved from oak wood, becoming an open-air museum of unique nature and a tourist attraction.

Since 2009, the cemetery is the goal of the annual festival „The Long Road to the Merry Cemetery”. [1]



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