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Unbelievable: this Romanian cemetery is …merry!

Geography Story: 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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25 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??
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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!!!
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Apr 19, 2016 11:45PM
Susan Pattison
It was fun seeing this cemetary. The little pictures seem to be depictions of how the person died. I find myself wondering about the one with the guy and the sheep but don't really want to know more!
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Apr 20, 2016 3:59AM
John H Uhlemann
John H Uhlemann
My wife and I visited this place in 1973, when there was no paved road to it and the village was full of log cabins. The local children somehow understood that we did not speak Romanian, so they acted out the situations on the grave markers, sometimes to dramatic effect as they would clutch their chests, groan, and fall 'dead" on the grass.
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Apr 20, 2016 6:34PM
Rose Olson
Awesome!
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Apr 21, 2016 1:52AM
Dyna Oliver
colorful
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Apr 21, 2016 1:52PM
marinachudnovsky
Life in Romania was and still is so miserable, that death is considered a much more joyful choice.
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Apr 23, 2016 11:01AM

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