Sighetu Marmatiei Travel Guide

  • Sighetu Marmatiei
    Sighetu Marmatiei
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  • Sighetu Marmatiei
    Sighetu Marmatiei
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  • Oncesti wooden church
    Oncesti wooden church
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Sighetu Marmatiei Things to Do

  • ONCESTI WOODEN CHURCH - THE INTERIOR

    Well, I thought the outside was great, but the interior - it was wow!There were paintings covering most of the walls and the ceiling of this Church! It is a church where you need to take your time and take in what your seeing!The scenes are familiar Orthodox architectural background decoration painting, done according to the canons of Byzantine....

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  • ONCESTI WOODEN CHURCH - THE OUTSIDE

    The Onceºti wooden church was built in the 16th century in Criciova (village now in Ukraine) around the year 1620, and then moved to Maramures Village Museum in Sighet Marmatiei. Every paling on the wooden fence surrounding the wooden Church had carved crosses and rosettes, very nice!Now to the Church, which is the oldest building in the Museum. It...

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  • ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ASSUMPTION

    This attractive Church was built in 1892, in Neo-gothic style.It was originally Greek Catholic church, but after the ban on Greek Catholicism by the communists, the church became a Romanian Orthodox Church. Above the main entrance is a circular window, similar to Gothic rosettes and the Church has a Bell Tower.I didn't make it to the interior to...

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  • SUNDAY MARKET

    We arrived in Sighet for lunch on a Sunday.In the town square there was a flower market happening, stalls selling lovely flowers, how I wished I could have bought some. I didn't know whether this was part of the Central Market which is held daily, or just a flower market. At the central market, stall holders sell vegetables, fruits, dairy produces...

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  • CEMETERY OF THE POOR

    We came across this cemetery as we made our way by car along Route 19 to Sighet. I went for a walk around it, luckily I could walk on paths as it was very overgrown.According to legend, many of those who died in the political prison were buried in secret at night. To identify the many thousands of graves dating from before and after the 1950s was...

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  • Get Artsy (and Crafty!) at the Maramures...

    The Maramures Museum is located in the very middle of Piata Libertatii, in the center of Sighet. This museum is dedicated to the cultural and pastoral history of the region, and features a wide variety of handicrafts made in the areas surrounding Sighet. You can see masks and costumes used in local festivals, gorgeous textiles (and the looms used...

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  • Visit Another Church

    While the Roman Catholic Church may be the second-largest in Romania, the Roman Catholic Church building in Sighet is easily the town's largest and most imposing church. Built in the 1700s, this Baroque church looms over Piata Libertatii and features a unique sun clock inside its entrance. Explore its more opulent interior (with paintings,...

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  • Visit the City's Oldest Building

    The Hungarian Reformed Church (also called the Calvinist Church) in Sighet is the city's oldest surviving original building. Today visitors can enter the building to see it's simple interior. As I mentioned in an earlier tip, control of Sighet has, throughout history, been passed back and forth between Romania and Hungary. The Hungarian Reformed...

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  • Reflect at the Hungarian Monument

    Located at the west end of Piata Libertatii, the Hungarian Monument is a stark black and white reminder of the city's history. From the 1300s to the 1700s the city was passed back-and-forth between Transylvanian and Hungarian hands. After World War I it became part of Romania, and then during World War II it became part of Hungary again. After the...

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  • See the Mythical White Eggplant

    The market ("Piata Agroalimentara") in Sighet is a great place to explore. And I recommend you go while you can, because the whole place seems to be sinking! I visited after a prolonged period of heavy rains in the summer, and there were dangerous-looking sinkholes all over the place! The first thing to catch my eye was a large basket of white...

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  • EXCURSION: Walk to Ukraine!

    Sighet's city center is a mere two kilometres from the Ukrainian border, meaning intrepid travelers can WALK to another country! Coming from Canada, where you can be 2,000 kilometres (or more) from the nearest border crossing, walking to another country seems pretty cool!To get to the Ukrainian border, just head north on Str. Titilescu (far west...

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  • EXCURSION: Rural Architecture in...

    While you're visiting the Merry Cemetery and its carver's home in Săpânţa, make sure to take a wander up and down the village roads. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with some of the area's unique architecture. Some of the stand-out features of local architecture include gorgeous wooden gates (see the third photo),...

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  • EXCURSION: Carver's Home -...

    Only a few blocks from the Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa (oh, and that's pronounced "sa-POONT-suh") you will find the residence of the cemetery's current carver- Dumitru Pop. The exterior of the house is beautifully decorated and features a traditional wooden gate along with lots of carvings by both Pop and the cemetery's creator, Stan Ioan...

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  • EXCURSION: Merry Cemetery,...

    Twelve kilometres down the road from Sighet lies the little village of Săpânţa, famed internationally for its Merry Cemetery (Cimitirul Vesel). This cemetery is a must-see stop on your tour of Romania.All the way back in the 1930s, Stan Ioan Patras began carving and painting tombstones that celebrated the lives of those who passed in a...

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  • Visit Elie Wiesel's Birthplace

    Elie Wiesel is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning writer, activist and Holocaust survivor. He was born in Sighet, and today his childhood home is a museum that exhibits memorabilia from Wiesel's distinguished life. When I visited I was the only guest, and a young employee was happy to provide information in English. The museum is closed Mondays and has a...

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Sighetu Marmatiei Restaurants

  • Epic Soup Quest

    I have a slight obsession with soup, it's true. I have a $9.99 set of IKEA knives and I use my parents' old blender, but I also own a hundred-dollar stock pot that I use almost every week. My passion for Romanian soup was ignited long before I arrived in the country... back home in Canada I was watching "No Reservations", and I saw Anthony Bourdain...

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  • More Romanian-Neapolitan Pizza

    Consuela Restaurant came highly recommended by the owner of Cobwobs Hostel. In the end our meal turned into something of a comedy of errors, as they seemed to be lacking all of the ingredients necessary to make the vegetarian pizza listed on their menu. Yes, the pizza I was served was good (and true to traditional Neapolitan style), but when a...

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  • Fried Bread? Count Me In!

    Throught Sighet you'll find a numerous bakeries dishing up hot, fresh placinta. That's placinta, not placenta (though one look and you'll be able to guess where the name came from!). Placinta roughly translates to "pancakes", but in fact they are puffy pieces of deep-fried pastry, much like Hungarian langos, that are filled with sweet or savoury...

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Sighetu Marmatiei Transportation

  • Getting around

    The town is small enough to walk, but there is a City bus, 1,60 Lei, get the ticket inside the bus.To get around the Maramures area there is a informal shared taxi system. From Sighet east and south wait on Strada Bogdan Voda (between Carrefour and the ugly concrete Greco Catholic Church) until some car stops and asks where you want to go, if the...

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  • By Bus to Sighetu Marmatiei

    There is a direct bus from Budapest, fridays only, 10 hours.Every day a direct bus from Oradea at 14.30, takes 7 hours; from Clij Napoca at 7.00 and 15.00, 5 hours; from Satu Mare at 7.00 and 15.30, 3.30 hours; from Targu Mures at 14.00, 5.30 hours.There are frequent minibuses from Baia Mare (and frequent minibuses from Oradea to Baia Mare)

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  • By Train from Budapest

    The train leaving Budapest Keleti Pu at 16.40 is probably the most convenient, only 1 change of trains (Couchette until Beclean pe Somes), and the realy nice part from Beclean pe Somes to Sighetu Marmatiei in the daytime, total time 18 hours, waiting time in Beclean pe Somes 3.45 hours.There are direct overnight trains from Bucarest and Timisoara...

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Sighetu Marmatiei Off The Beaten Path

  • Go to Bârsana

    In Bârsana you find a UNESCO World Heritage wooden Church built in 1720, an quite big orthodox Monastery rebuilt in traditional style since 1993.Get there from Sighet, Strada Bogdan Voda (between Carrefour and the ugly concrete Greco Catholic Church) wait there until some car stops and asks where you want to go, if the direction is right he tell...

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  • Go to Sãpânta

    Sãpânta has a amazing strange "Merry Cemetery" a Museum of Ioan Stan Patras who made all These wooden crosses and the the tallest wooden church in Romania.There is a bus from Sighet (i cold not find it), or much easier hitchhike! there is a informal shared taxi system, wait at Strada Avram Iancu near Strada Vintea Pinteazu / Municipal Hospitalsome...

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