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The Merry Cemetery

Maramures most famous tourist attraction! In 1935 a wood sculpture, Ioan Patras, started carving oak crosses for the cemetery. He painted each cross blue, included a scene from their lives (or death!) and a humorous poem (reminiscent of Boot Hill) on each.

There are scenes of a woman working at her loom (in the photograph above), a barber cutting hair, a woman who operated a distillery, shepherds tending their sheep, etc. An alcoholic shown drinking from a bottle and others who lived a less than ideal life have it displayed for all to see. There are even pictures of automobile accidents including a little girl, aged three.

Petras died in 1977. The work is carried on by Turda Toader and Vasile Stan.