Maramures County is a place in North-Western Romania known for its laid back villages. The traditions are kept here and are still being practiced. Wood carving is also famous. The wooden gates are kept with their intricate Romanian designs and carvings. The place is also known for its Wooden Churches which are all UNESCO Heritages with all their frescoes inside.
Frescoes are mural paintings that were painted on a plaster that become an integral part of a wall or a ceiling.
During my visit to Maramures, we visited few of the Wooden Churches. There are 8 Churches which are UNESCO Heritage and they are Bârsana, Budești, Desești, Ieud, Plopiș, Poienile Izei, Rogoz, Șurdești. We didn’t able to see all of these. As far as I can remember, we visited three or four.
Just to give you a picture, wooden churches were built in between 17th to 19th century, with a Gothic style, they are mostly with single, high and narrow roof. Most of them were built on the hilly part of Maramures.
Below are photos of frescoes we found on the walls and ceiling inside the wooden churches. The frescoes depicts Biblical scenes. There are encryptions but were written in Romanian letters but the pictures easily convey the message.
Are you familiar with Biblical scenes and teachings from the above photos? Or can you read any of the descriptions written? Please share your thoughts.
And I hope you’ll be able to see them as they were really incredible paintings inside the wooden churches in Maramures, Romania.