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“Barsana Monastery in Maramures- idyllic, unique, stunning” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wooden Churches of Maramures

Wooden Churches of Maramures
Romania
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“Barsana Monastery in Maramures- idyllic, unique, stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

Barsana Monastery in June is bursting with colorful flowers set against the natural wood shingled spires of each building in this complex. Set on a hill and reached through two gates, the church and outer buildings of Barsana overlook a verdant farming community, while maintaining a setting of peace and detachment from the world. The paths connecting the buildings take the visitor around to the small museum where culturally authentic handcrafts created in the monastery can be purchased. The buildings are unequalled in their beauty and architectural design.

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“Wooden Churches of Maramures - IEUD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

The upper church of Ieud, inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List, is made of fir tree wood and dates back in 1364 and seems to be the oldest one in whole Maramures.
The interior frescoes were made by Alexandru Ponehalski, one the most active church painters in Maramures.
The painting in the pronaos depict the Last Judgement, where the blaze of hell is about to engulf the sinners. In the attic of the church, an important discovery was made: the Codex of Ieud, a document dating from 1391, which is generally considered to be the oldest example of written Romanian.
The church during the summer is open daily.
In many other wooden churches of the region (Poienile Izei in particular) keys are kept by elderly people who are living in the villages but it's quite hard to find where they are located because sometimes there's no notice on the front door entrance. And this is a bit disappointing.

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