Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Romania

By Heather Farish

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Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Romania

In 1935 a wood sculpture, Ioan Patras, started carving oak crosses for this cemetery in Sapanta, in north western Romania. He painted each cross blue, included a scene from their lives and a humorous poem on each. Village life features on these crosses: the shepherd, the farmer, the wood cutter, the pupil, the weaver, and the musician.

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