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Wooden Churches of Maramures

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Wooden Churches of Maramures

About the site


Corridor: Eastern Trans-Balkan Road
Country: Romania, Maramures
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme:
World Heritage: Cultural Heritage
Middle AgesChristian religious centreCultural Heritage

These eight churches are outstanding examples of a range of architectural solutions from different periods and areas. They show the variety of designs and craftsmanship adopted in these narrow, high, timber constructions with their characteristic tall, slim clock towers at the western end of the building, either single- or double-roofed and covered by shingles. As such, they are a particular vernacular expression of the cultural landscape of this mountainous area of northern Romania.

UNESCO

Poienile Izei Church

The church of Poenile Izei belongs to the group of UNESCO listed wooden churches of Maramures (XVIIIth century) representing outstanding technical and artistic exemples for the vernacular religious architecture. Emerging from the rural landscape, their spire are among the tallest structure ever erected in the period. The exterior decoration is simple and generally focused in the porch and portal area, made of carved wood in the form of solar discs, twisted rope, etc. The interior, generaly composed of a altar, naos and pronaos, is painted with vegetal colors on wood and fabric.

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Rogoz Church

The church of Rogoz is part of the UNESCO listed wooden churches of Maramures (XVIIIth century) representing outstanding technical and artistic exemples for the vernacular religious architecture. Emerging from the rural landscape, their spire are among the tallest structure ever erected in the period. The exterior decoration is simple and generally focused in the porch and portal area, made of carved wood in the form of solar discs, twisted rope, etc. The interior, generaly composed of a altar, naos and pronaos, is painted with vegetal colors on wood and fabric.

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Read more about Wooden Churches of Maramures at the Unesco World Heritage List.

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