The Happy Cemetery of Sapânta

Who says that cemeteries have to be all drab and morbid? Take a look at these colorful and "happy" cemetery in Sapânta, Romania:

Originally begun by a peasant grave carver named Stan Petras in the 1930s, and carried on today by the Pop family, the cemetery has become one of the most popular tourism attractions in rural Romania, with tour buses pulling up and unloading foreigners hourly. [...]

The grave markers in the cemetery in Sapânta are carved and painted with scenes of the deceased accompanied by a poem describing their fate in Maramures dialect. About half of them have two painted sides - one showing the deceased as they were in life, and the other showing either the way they died or illustrating some quirk that made them the talk of the village.

Dumneazu blog has the story: Link

Previously on Neatorama: Strange Funeral Rites From Around the World, 10 Most Fascinating Tombs in the World

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