The Merry Cemetery

Săpânţa is a township in Maramures which hosts one of the most unique monuments from the national cultural heritage: the Merry Cemetery.

The cemetery of the village has been transformed into a "cheerful" one by the craftsman Ioan Patras, who, in mid-1935 had a farcial idea: to write one funny poem about each villager of his, which was lying at the "end of the village" on a cross painted in bright colours.

He as inspired by the Dacians, who believed that death is only a passage to another better world, and when their loved one died they dressed in white and started celebrating.