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Unbelievable: this Romanian cemetery is …merry! 4/19/2016 •

Unbelievable: this Romanian cemetery is …merry!

This unusual place breaks our conception of what a cemetery should look like! Instead of gray headstones and sad memorial inscriptions here you will find colorful crosses and funny epitaphs that will make you laugh!


Cimitirul Vesel cemetery is situated in the town of Sapanta, Maramures county, Romania. It appeared in 1930s when local artist Stan Ioan Pastras started to decorate wooden crosses and headstones with vibrant ornaments and bas-reliefs accompanied by ironic first-person comments. Bas-reliefs represented scenes from everyday life of the diсeased or even the moment of their death in a humorous way. Eventually, different colors attained certain symbolic meanings. For example, green started to symbolize life, yellow – fertility, red – passion, and black – death.

After Pastras’ death his apprentices continued this unique tradition. At present, there are about 800 colorful crosses of the same style. Almost all of them have funny memorial inscriptions in verse and pictures some of them being rather frivolous.



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20 Comments
Deborah McKnight
Wow.
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Apr 19, 2016 8:57PM
Nancy Link
just.... lovely.... in every sense of the word!
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Apr 19, 2016 8:58PM
Darrell G. Burton Sr.
Why didn't you put what the epitaphs said in english?
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Apr 19, 2016 9:00PM
Warren A. Hughes
After reading this, I want to be Merried there!
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Apr 19, 2016 9:04PM
Thelma Lumpkin
Thelma Lumpkin
I can't believe the misspellings and mis-use of words in these write-ups. Doesn't anybody proof read anymore??
1
Apr 19, 2016 9:04PM
Danny More
Danny More
WOW!
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Apr 19, 2016 9:41PM
Maureen Breda
Uplifting way to view a cemetery.
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Apr 19, 2016 10:10PM
Kathleen Watkins
I absolutely love this place!!! It's everything I believe in and more! Death is only be sad for the surviving family. And then only because they have to learn how to go on without their loved ones. The dead are at peace. Let them enjoy their ultimate reward and be happy!!
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Apr 19, 2016 10:41PM
Gina Reed
Gina Reed
i don't agree with this. no respect to God.
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Apr 19, 2016 11:26PM
debfranzone
A celebration of life! I love it!!!
1
Apr 19, 2016 11:45PM

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