Transylvania Journals

Maramures & Sighetu Marmatiei

An August 2007 trip to Transylvania by Heather F

Merry Cemetery Photo, Sapanta, Romania More Photos
Quote: Staying in Sighetu Marmetiei gives the opportunity of exploring Romania's fascinating Maramures, where it is like taking a step back in time.
Cobwobs Hostel Photo, Sighet, Romania
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Cobwobs is a recently opened hostel that gives a budget accommodation option in the Maramures. Centrally located in the middle of Sighetu Marmetiei, the hostel is at the back of a large house that has a large garden in front. Rob, the owner is a Brit who has lived in Romania for many years and can offer advice about places to go, things to do and how to get there. He can also organise tours to various highlights of the region. It is also possible to take a "quick" trip across the border to the Ukraine, except I couldn't as I needed a Visa!The hostel has very large dorm rooms plus a double room with plenty of separate bathrooms and toilets. It is very quiet with views over the surrounding mount...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2007

Cobwobs Hostel
Nr 42, 22nd December 1989 Street
Sighet, Romania 435500

Memorial Museum - Sighet Prison Photo, Sighet, Romania
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This is a very moving and informative museum about the communist years in Romania and is situated in the once notorious, Sighet Prison.It was here during Ceausescu's reign that many academics and intellectuals including writers, scientists, musicians, economists, journalists, and professors were imprisoned, sometimes tortured with some dying. Today, thanks to a large input of money by Ana Blandiana and others the prison has been converted into a museum, in which each cell focuses on giving information on a certain theme such as women in prison or the resistance movement. Although most of the documents and information on display is in Romanian, the museum provides an information...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2007

Memorial Museum - Sighet Prison
Str. Cornelia Coposu 4, Sightu Marmetiei
Sighet, Romania

Merry Cemetery

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Merry Cemetery Photo, Sapanta, Romania
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Heading 20 km to the west of Sighetu Marmatiei, close to the Ukraine border, you reach Sapanta, a small Romanian village. This village's claim to fame is its Merry Cemetery, which also attracts many tourist groups. On first sight it is the mass of colour that hits you, and in a cemetery! Here the graves are each adorned by a colourful cross about 1.5 m high that has pictures that typify the person's life and sometimes how they died as well as a verse - epitaph (in Romanian) about their life, how they died and those they left behind. Pictures included spinning wool, cutting the grass, with the horse and cart, teaching or working in the kitchen as typifying life; or getting hit by a car, shot or...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2007

Merry Cemetery

Sapanta, Romania

Ellie Wiesel Museum

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Ellie Wiesel Museum Photo, Romania, Europe
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It was here in Sighetu Marmetiei that the Nobel Peace winner Ellie Wiesel was born and lived the early years of his life. Although I had heard of him and his book "Night", I am now inspired to read this book and others after visiting the museum.The museum is actually the house in which he was born, spent the first 15 years of his life and from where he was taken in 1944 (at 15 years of age) to Auschwitz along with all the other Jews from the town.One of the rooms is set up with furniture from the time period, while others feature photographs, awards and information about Ellie Wiesel, particularly his humanitarian work. Another room features information and documents and photographs ab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2007

Ellie Wiesel Museum

Sighet, Romania