Merry cemetery in Săpânţa, Romania

Săpânţa is famous for its colorful tombstones with naive 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.



In 1935 Stan Ioan Pătraş, then an anonymous sculptor, started to carve onto the tombstones small poems written in the first person. At the beginning he carved only 10 tombstones a year using oak as the base wood. By 1936 he had already perfected his style: the tombstones became narrower, he started to paint relief figures on them using bright coloures obtained from natural pigments. Until his death in 1977, Pătraş made almost 700 tombstones








Not far away is highest wooden church in Europa

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