The greatest victory of communism, a victory dramatically revealed only after 1989, was to create people without a memory – a brainwashed new man unable
to remember what he was, what he had, or what he did before communism.
The creation of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and to the Resistance is a means of counteracting this victory, a means to resuscitate the collective memory.
Made up of the Sighet Museum and the International Centre for Studies into Communism, based in Bucharest, as well as being the organiser of the Summer School the Memorial is an institution of Memory, unique in that it is simultaneously an institute of research, museography and education.
To the question, “Can memory be relearned?” the answer of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and to the Resistance in Romania is a resounding “Yes”.
Founded in 1981, Sighet Village Museum is the largest and most complex display of the traditional Maramures village and the rural artisanal
techniques from this region. The basic concept of the museum is the arrangement of the homesteads around the church, as in Maramures villages, all the streets and paths leading towards
it. The church (errected in 1621 in Oncesti) is situated on a hill thus overviewing the entire community and showing once more the importance of religion in Maramures.
The museum holds over 30 homesteads (the oldest ones dating since 16th century) together with their appurtenances and traditional equipments: stable, barn, well, oil press or carriage. Some of the houses have the original furniture and accesories: the stove, the pottery, kitchen tools, weaving loom or toddler swing.
Visitors can admire and understand different building techniques depending on the Maramures region where the houses were errected and also based on the century they were built in. Houses from Borsa, Ruscova, Mara-Cosau, Campulung la Tisa, Sapanta or Iza Valley areas are displayed, among them tourists being able to withness hungarian, jewish and ukrainian households.
The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Săpânța, Maramureş county,Romania. It is famous for
its colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry
Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
The unusual feature of this cemetery is that it diverges from the prevalent belief, culturally shared within European societies – a belief that views death as something indelibly solemn. Connections with the local Dacian culture have been made, a culture whose philosophical tenets presumably vouched for the immortality of the soul and the belief that death was a moment filled with joy and anticipation for a better life .
The village, attested documentary or the first time in 1326 (when King Charles Robert I of Anjou acknowledged and reinstained by a deed in this places prince
Stanislau), is host of one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania: Barsana Monastery, actually a convent with fourteen nuns.
The legend says that the monastery originally stood across the river Iza, in the Slatina Valley, and that it was moved later to the right of the river, on Podurile Manastirii (The Monastery Bridges). Barsana is one of the wooden churches in Maramures, a beautiful synthesis of Eastern and Western European architecture, with Gothic and Byzantine elements.
Barsana is one of the wooden churches in Maramures, a beautiful synthesis of Eastern and Western European architecture, with Gothic and Byzantine elements.
The Monastery is situated on the northern-central part of the village. The first church was built in 1720 with a plan that includes: the gate, the narthex and the nave. The exterior reminds of a hall, but the inside is divided into separated walls according to the traditional Orthodox dogmatic.
Icoana ski slope is located about 6.5 km from the city Cavnic even roadside leading to Sighetu Marmatiei. Because climate usually beneficiează snow layer
until early April. Icon Cavnic slopes is Gutin mountains in Maramures, at the western end of town Cavnic, 109f county road, 32 km from Baia Mare and 45 km from Sighet.
It's a ski slope with the average degree of difficulty equipped with double lift with a high capacity (so queues are minimal) and night. The icon is a slope length of 700 m and the slope Icon 2 800 m. At the slope you can rent ski and snowboard equipment. Here for those who do not want to ski slope soar icon snowmobiles and sleds there.
Ocna Şugatag City is situated in Maramures Depression, on the foothills of Ţibleş and Gutin (young volcanic mountains), on DN 18 Baia Mare -
Ocna Şugatag at a distance of 20 km from the Sighetu Marmatiei city, at an altitude of 490 m.