The Merry Cemetery Sapanta

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Sapanta village lies at merely 4 km from the border with Ukraine and is world famous for its one of a kind “Merry Cemetery”. This is a unique cemetery, with bright-coloured crosses in a special shade of blue which has long been named after the area: the Sapanta Blue.

Craftsman Stan Ioan Patras, the founder of this cemetery, carved the first cross in 1935. After his death in 1977, his craft was inherited and continued until the present day by his apprentice, Dumitru Pop.

Each cross is one of a kind: the images carved in wood picture in a naïve way a trait of the buried person’s life, the epitaphs are short poems, rid of the usual clichés and full of significance, written in the first person as a confession of the deceased themselves.

Barsana Monastery

barsana 2The wooden church from Barsana, with its titular saint “Our Lady’s entering the Church”, was built in 1720 in a place called the “Bridges of the Monastery” and later on, in 1806 was moved in its present location on the Jbar hill. In 1999 it was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Legend has it that a long time ago, on the Jbar hill there was a cemetery of plagued people. The people who died of the pestilence were buried in a hurry, without any religious service. The inhabitants of the village moved the wooden church on Jbar, with the conviction that the victims of the plague can rest in peace only if they receive proper religious service.

Even today, many of the inhabitants of Barsana believe that along with the church the dead form the Bridges of the Monastery moved as well to rest for eternity under the church.

 

Saint Ana Monastery - Rohia

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Rohia Monastery is surrounded by woods and magnificent views. It is a genuine place for spirituality, calm and welcoming. Many know and visit the monastery for the fact that it is the place where Nicolae Steinhardt spent his last years and he converted to Orthodoxy towards the end of his life.

The monastery was founded in 1926 by Nicolae Gherman in the memory of his daughter, Ana, who fell ill and died in 1922. In his dream, his daughter urged him to build a monastery at the outskirts of Rohia.

There is an entire complex of buildings dedicated to the religious rituals of the monks. During the Communist regime only one monk was allowed to stay at the monastery. Nowadays, he still lives there and runs the activity of the monastery. The settlement can be visited all through the year. 

Lapus Country

tara lapusului 1tara lapusuluiToday’s Lapus Country gives an insight on the life of its inhabitants; they live modern times but keep century-old traditions. The old and new techniques of wood work intertwine in harmony.

There are numerous ways to get to Lapus Country which is also famous for its monasteries, the most popular being Rohia Monastery.

The road from Baia Mare to Lapus via Surdesti, Cavnic and Rotunda pass is impressive due to the unique views which picture the variety of landscape in Maramures. Springing from the high mountains, the Lapus river continues its flow between the valleys which open up for the nature lovers offering them the chance to stop for a picnic on the banks of the river or cool off in its waters.

 

The Ethnographic Museum Sighetu Marmatiei

muzeul etno sighetmuzeul etno sighet 2The present collection, organised in a modern conception, was completed and opened to the public in December 1971.

The Ethnographic Museum is functioning in rooms displayed in an open circuit and is structured according to the main categories of folk culture.

In the hallway at the entrance there is a sales point where the visitors can purchase handcrafted objects, copies or replicas of patrimony objects, books, postcards, promotional materials.

The tour of the museum begins with the presentation of primary activities of the inhabitants from Maramures county.

The tour continues with the exhibition of objects used in herding and agriculture, then there is a place for tools and techniques used for weaving household textiles. Next comes the presentation of a wide variety of rural furniture, elements of traditional architecture, household textiles, clothing, ceramics, and finally, in a more generous space the winter traditions are depicted, with a selection of traditional masks.

The wooden churches of Maramures

The history of Maramures is passed on within the wooden churches.

For centuries, the foreign rulers of Maramures forbade the inhabitants to build churches from stone or any other durable materials; however, the villagers did not let themselves intimidated and built wooden churches to be close to the God.

  

 

Ski slopes: Suior, Cavnic, Mogosa

Suior ski slopes

Altitude: 668 m

Size of skiing trail: 900m -1500m

Distance to the hotel: about 15 km

Distance to Baia Mare: 18 km

To arrive to Suior Tourist Complex one has to take the DN 18 (national road), on the Baia MareBaia Sprie-Sighetu Marmatiei direction. There are road signs directing towards the complex at the junction between DN 18 and the secondary road leading to Suior.

 

Cavnic ski slopes - Icoana

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Altitude: 1.000 m

Size of skiing trail: 120 m – 800 m

ROATA Slope – skiing trail of about 3000 m

Distance to the hotel: about 16 km

Distance to Baia Mare: 32 km

To arrive to Roata slope from Cavnic one has to take DJ 109F (county road), on the road which links Cavnic to Ocna Sugatag. The slope is situated on the right, upon ascension.

 

 Mogosa ski slopes

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Altitude: 750 m

Size of skiing trail: 2200 m

Distance to the hotel: about 18 km

Distance to Baia Mare: 22 km

To arrive to Mogosa one has to take the DN 18 (national road), on the Baia Mare-Baia SprieSighetu Marmatiei direction. There are road signs directing towards the complex at the junction between DN 18 and the secondary road leading to Mogosa.

 

Off-road trails

 

Tourist attractions and areas of interest

Maramures is a little known corner of Europe. People live amid rich valleys and hills, most of them still leading a traditional agricultural existence. Their life might seem difficult and simple – at so it is – a millenary battle against time, to grow crops and rear animals, to work from dawn to dusk without the numerous mechanic and electronic devices that we believe essential. However, this life is rewarded by the simplicity of each working day, and the family and friends are the guarantee that often there are reasons to celebrate.

The village of Sisesti – confirmed in documents as early as 1411 – lies at an altitude of 300- 450 m , bordered in N-E and E by the Gutai massif (1443 m ) and Ignis (1307 m). The village is situated on the piedmont of Negreia, at the feet of volcanic mountains. Sisesti and the neighbouring villages are spread villages, with well-shaped centres. They have developed a complex economy, based especially on the rearing of animals, pomiculture and wood processing.

The village has a moderate-continental climate, sheltered from the East-European influences by the volcanic mountain range of Ignis-Gutai-Tibles.

Sisesti is linked to the name and destiny of the Greek-Catholic priest Vasile Lucaciu (1852- 1922), a great fighter for the unification of Transylvania with Romania and one of the leaders of the memorandist movement of 1892-1894. The Vasile Lucaciu Memorial Museum is made up of the Romanian School established in 1905, the Parish House, the Gathering place and the Spring of Romanians. In the museum one can admire the bust of “the Lion from Sisesti” – the work of the sculptor G.Abrihan.

In Danesti one can visit the secular park of conifers, at the feet of Mandra Verde hill. There is an unmarked tourist trail starting from Danesti, on the Bulz Valley towards Mogosa peak (1246 m). Negreia (549 m) and Mandra (410 m) hills are impressive due to their beauty and they offer excellent views.

In Plopis one can visit a world heritage wooden church from the end of the 18th century, a monument of architecture built in 1798.

Cavnic, due to its long winters is known as the snow pole of Maramures, to the advantage of those who love winter sports. As a result of the works finished in recent years, the skiing surface in the former mining town has been extended to 8,5 km. Its seven slopes, three of which are new, have a length of 800-2000 m and an inclination between 19-37 degrees, which makes them suitable for beginner, advanced and even professional skiers.