Photographer's Note

The village of Sapanta is famous for its cemetery. The original character of the cemetery is first of all suggested by its name: Cimitirul Vesel that means The Merry Cemetery. It is a special kind of graveyard, with wooden crosses painted in vivid colors. Each cross is different and covered with paintings that depict scenes from the life of each person buried there. Some even have funny lyrics about the way they lived their lives. You can see over 800 colorful oak crosses there.

The first cross in the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta was painted in 1935, by its founder, Stan Ioan Patras. He died in 1977 and his creation has been continued to this day and carried on by Patras's apprentice, Dumitu Pop.

Most cemeteries around the world are quiet. The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta is different - many people come to enjoy themselves. Visit Sapanta! It is an interesting and unique destination.

Entry: 5 Romanian Leu (~ 1 EUR)

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