The Merry Cemetery | The graveyard that laughs at death

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A small place in North-Western Romania, Sapanta has become famous worldwide due to the ways in which the locals chose to laugh at Death

The Merry Cemetery Info

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is the place where those who leave this world prefer to do so in a light-hearted tone. The wooden crosses on the tombs are painted in bright colours, predominantly in blue, bearing an image and a few rhyming lines, most often with a comical content, relating to the deceased’s life and their image in the memory of their families and in that of the community.



The first tombs were adorned in this manner in 1930, at the initiative of the folk craftsman Stan Ioan Patras, who wanted to add a humorous note to these inherently sad goodbyes. Today, the tradition is carried on by his apprentice, Dumitru Pop Tincu, and the Merry Cemetery now counts over 800 bright-colored crosses.


One famous epitaph is:
Underneath this heavy cross
Lies my poor mother-in-law
Three more days she would have lived
I would die, and she would read (this cross)
You, who here are passing by
Not to wake her up please try
For if she comes back home
She’ll criticize me even more
But I will behave so well
That she won’t return from hell
Stay here, my dear mother-in-law.

Visiting hours:

Daily from: 10:00 to 18:00

Ticket Prices:

Adults: 4 lei
Children 2 lei

Photography fee: 4 lei
Filming fee: 10 lei