Maramures is a land where ancient traditions are preserved to this day. A place where wood carving is still an occupation instead of a hobby, and where some women still wash their woolen rugs in the natural whirlpools instead of a washing machine.

Maramures is also the place where you'll find probably the happiest cemetery in the world, entitled The Merry Cemetery. Life's simplicity around this land can be also observed by visiting the Wooden Churches of Maramures, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

Every Sunday is an occasion for donning the traditional costume, which looks the same as it did hundreds of years ago. On feast days, lavish ceremonies are organized, where song and dance entertain and engage all those in attendance, locals and visitors alike. Anyone who visits these places soon finds a friend among the old folks chatting at the gate or among the farmers working in the fields because all of them have learned that hospitality is priceless, irrespective of how little wealth one has.

Places in Maramures

Sighetu Marmatiei
The Memorial to the Victims of Communism
The Sighet Memorial, together with the Auschwitz Memorial and the Peace Memorial in France, have been named as the main

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sapanta merry cemetery
The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
A small place in North-Western Romania, Sapanta has become famous worldwide due to the ways in which the locals chose

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pious parascheva wooden church
The wooden Church of Pious Parascheva in Poienile Izei
Wooden churches of Maramures

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mocanita steam train
The Shepherdess | The Romanian forestry steam train
A remarkable journey through nature, a chance to discover one's long-lost of childhood.

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Ieud wooden church
The wooden churches of Maramures: the church from Ieud
Wooden churches of Maramures

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Tours in Maramures