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The Merry Cemetery

A unique cemetery lies in the village of Sapata in Romania where a local wood carver produced about 800 colorful and celebratory oak  tombstones before his own death in 1977. They show images of the lives of the dead and sometimes images of their deaths and many have text panels describing the life of the deceased. There is no somberness here, only a great sense of joy in the lives of the ordinary people celebrated in images and poetry.

The local artist responsible for it all, Stan Ioan Pătraş created his own tomb before he died and was buried here surronded by his life's work.


Săpânța Cimetière Joyeux Sapanta Cemetery08

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