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Day 5: Merry Cemetery - Săpânţa-Peri Monastery - Sighetu Marmatiei - return to Viseu de Sus

Breakfast in the morning, then prepare for today's visits.

We will drive to Sapanta, where we will discover the Merry Cemetery, an unique and peculiar cemetery where all the crosses are carefully decorated and hand-carved! It all began with one man's love for life - Stan Ion Patras, who carved the first oak cross here back in 1930 with his own hands, painting them in a special shade of blue that is known nowadays as "Sapanta Blue". This is the place where death is portrayed in funny words about the life of the dead. Unlike most graveyards in the world, the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta has an unique approach to death, seeing it as a celebration of a life that ended, rather than a tragic event.

We move further to another attraction nearby, Sapanta - Peri Monastery, included in the UNESCO Patrimony. This monastery complex lived-in by nuns is home to the tallest wooden structure in Europe, having 78 meters in height! Here, "The Psalm Book", "The Gospel", "Legend of Sunday", "Vorotean Codex" and "The Acts of the Apostles" were first translated and copied into Romanian.

Our last stop for today will be in Sighetu Marmatiei. Former capital of the region of Maramures, the city (also known as "Sighet") is known for its rich cultural heritage and the high number of museums reminiscing of the city's past. We will be able to discover some of them, among which: the Memorial to the Resistance and Victims of Communism (also named the Museum of Arrested Thought, as a reminder of the building's former function, that of prison), the Elie Wiesel Memorial House (the birth place of Elie Wiesel - the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner who grew up in Sighet with his family before being deported to Auschwitz) and Sighet Village Museum (an open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Maramures, with the structure of a traditional village).

Optional lunch stop in Sighet between the visits, then we return back to Viseu de Sus, for our last night in Maramures.

Savor the local gastronomy at dinner and overnight.