The Merry Cemetery in Săpânța: A unique place where death is seen with humour

A very special cemetery: the Merry Cemetery in Săpânța is a unique tourist attraction in the world, where the grave crosses are decorated with funny and humorous epitaphs describing the life and personality of the deceased.

A new perspective on death: The Merry Cemetery offers a new perspective on death, presenting it as a natural stage of life that should not be viewed with sadness, but with humour and optimism. The epitaphs are written in naive and humorous verse, often satirizing everyday life and human flaws.

An incursion into Romanian folklore: The Merry Cemetery is a fascinating foray into Romanian folklore, giving us a glimpse into the traditions and way of life of Maramures. Crosses decorated with folk motifs and epitaphs full of dialect expressions allow us to discover the beauty and richness of the local culture.

A place full of history: The Merry Cemetery was created by folk artist Stan Ioan Pătraș, who carved the crosses and wrote the epitaphs for over 50 years. Today, the cemetery is home to more than 800 crosses, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Useful information for tourists:

  • Access:
    • Asphalted road to the cemetery
    • Organized transport from Sighetu Marmației
  • Opening hours:
    • Everyday, 08:00-20:00 (May-September)
    • Everyday, 09:00-17:00 (October-April)
  • Prices:
    • Adults: 15 lei
    • Children (7-14 years): 5 lei
  • Recommendations:
    • Suitable equipment for an outdoor walk
    • Water and supplies
    • Compliance with the rules for visiting the cemetery

Discover more:

  • The Cemetery of Săpânța has been included on the list of historical monuments in Romania.
  • There are many tourist attractions in the area, such as the Bârsana Monastery, the Museum of the Maramureșean Village and the Wooden Church of Desești.
  • Săpânța is a picturesque town with a wide range of accommodation and dining options.

Plan your dream holiday in Maramures and enjoy a unique experience at the Cemetery of Săpânța!


  • The Merry Cemetery:

Further information:

  • Activities in the area:
    • Mountain hiking
    • Bicycling
    • Visiting Bârsana Monastery and the Maramureșean Village Museum
    • Rafting on the Iza River

Accommodation and meals:

  • Săpânța offers a wide range of accommodation and dining options to suit all budgets. There are guesthouses, hotels, cottages and restaurants to suit different preferences.

Tips for tourists:

  • It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the tourist season.
  • Bicycles can be rented in Săpânța.
  • There is a picnic area in the cemetery where you can relax after your visit.
  • Respect the silence and special atmosphere of the place.