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Wooden Churches of Maramures

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Forbidden by the ruler to build churches with stone, the 17th-centuries of Maramureş built impressive wooden churches, tiny in footprint but astounding in height. As well, they feature beautiful primitive religious painting on the insides. One can visit several in one day, but note that roads are EXTREMELY difficult in this region of Romania. The road from Borşa, past Ieud... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Maramures is a dream. Fabulous scenery, kind and caring people and excellent accommodation. If you like nature, culture and history, do go there and visit the wooden churches and the picturesque villages with their unique wooden gate structures. A land that time forgot. Our Romanian based travel agents, DiscoveRomania, were first class and we strongly reccomend them.

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Brasov, Romania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I can recommend the wouden church of Sapanta , the highest wooden church in Europe, as well as a very nice & old one (1706), from Desesti

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Madrid, Spain
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We almost missed Maramures on our trip... thankfully we didn't. The churches are one of a kind, like the fortified churches near Sighisoara and the painted monasteries in Bucovina. They're easy to find with a map. It's forbidden to take pictures inside, and while there is a fee to go in, it's free to roam outside and around. Try to... More

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Los Angeles
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179 reviews 179 reviews
75 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

It is not necessary to have a map to find a wooden church in Maramures. There are some that are designated UNESCO, but there are many that just appear in small villages along the way. Of course the UNESCO designated wooden churches are amazing, but the minor churches should be celebrated, too. As you travel through Maramures, you can easily... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Spent two days in the Maramures. The whole area is for me idyllic and for anyone over 50 there is much to remind you of your childhood days- a trip down memory lane. But it also has its own unique culture and charm and much that I had not seen before. Beautiful architecture and practical solutions abound. Great variety in... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed in Baie Mare so the first church we visited was a couple of hours drive. We started by going round Barsana - a rebuilt monastery and church that was really beautiful and peaceful - well worth a visit. We then did a round trip going to Poienile Izei (NB closed from 1pm to 2pm), Botiz (a little off... More

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New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We drove to Sighetu Marmatiei from Cluj and Baia Mare. We had a general map of the area and I kept thinking I should've bought a map with more detail and exact location of the wooden churches. To my surprise I found there are a lot of them all throughout the region. Hard to miss them. If you're driving in... More

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San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We just came back few days ago from Romania, where we spent 15 days all around. It is a fantastic country, nice people, nice landscapes and very good food. The most beautiful area , we visited was the Maramures region. It is like travelling in the Middle Ages, Wooden Churches, Wooden Houses with incredible Wooden Gates, and all around hills,... More

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Brasov, Romania
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122 reviews 122 reviews
17 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

It stands amidst a typical Romanian scenery - one can see the beautifully 'sculpted' hills on the horizon, smell the fresh June grass, and feel the warmth of the people living here. The peacefulness of it all is extraordinary! And it is truly an honour to find yourself in the same place where the oldest piece of writing in Romanian... More

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