06 December, 2007

Wooden Churches of Maramureş, Romania Postcards

The Maramureş wooden churches in Northern Transylvania are a selection of eight examples of different architectural solutions from different periods and areas. They are Orthodox churches. They are narrow but high timber constructions with characteristic tall, slim bell towers at the western end of the building. Some of them have been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, for their religious architecture and timber construction traditions.

Wooden Churches of Maramures Postcard

In Maramureş today there are 42 extant wooden churches left, about one third of their total two centuries ago. Besides the extant wooden churches, a major source of knowledge is still saved by a decreasing number of practicing senior carpenters with relevant knowledge and skills in traditional carpentry.

The churches in the postcard are:
Bârsana - The Church of the Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple in Bârsana
Şurdeşti/Siseşti Commune - The Church of the Holy Archangels in Şurdeşti
Ieud - The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in Ieud Deal
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SOURCES:
Wooden Churches of Maramureş Wikipedia Entry
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romania

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