Romania - Simply Surprising: Merry Cemetery, Sapanta,Maramures
Sapanta's "Merry Cemetery" is known throughout the world due to the talents of local sculptor, poet and painter Ion Stan Patras. During his lifetime, he created a great number of grave markers which are painted in distinctive "Sapanta Blue" and visually depict the deceased along with an often humorous poem about their lives, habits, personalities and how they died. Ion's intention was to create a place of celebration for the loved ones. He ended up creating one of the most visited…
Merry Cemetary (Săpânţa/ Romania)
The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Săpânţa, Maramureş county, Romania. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction. Click here for more info on Wikipedia. Originally postyed by: m-fans.livejournal.com
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The unique Merry Cemetery from Maramures, a place which should be on your list for the next visit to Romania. It is here, each and every cross is painted in bright colors and describes in short epitaphs, sometimes funny, the life of the deceased one.
The Happy Cemetery
The Happy Cemetery in Sapanta, also called "The Folk Art Museum", is a fresco of community life, unique in the world, where the dead are celebrated with humorous poems recalling their lives. The headboards are sculptured from wood and the primitive painted images reflect the most important or best-known times of the deceased.