Cimitirul Vesel, the Most Colorful and Joyful Burial Place in the World
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Cimitirul Vesel, the Most Colorful and Joyful Burial Place in the World

Cimitirul Vesel,Romania

Cimitirul Vesel, the Most Colorful and Joyful Burial Place in the World

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Cimitirul Vesel is located in Romania, in the town of Sapanta, just 2.5 miles from the Ukrainian border. Cimitirul Vesel, also known as Allegro Cemetary, has become quite a famous burial site thanks to its lively crosses and tombs with decorated with ironic epitaphs that remind us of the deceased with just the right amount of humor.

Cimitirul-Vesel-SapantaThe Cimitirul Vesel is truly an open-air musuem where every tomb is a small work of art. There are over 800 carved wooden crosses, each different from each other with a depiction of the life of the deceased. The representations are simple and humble depictions which are capable of immortalizing the virtue or defect of the buried person, including a few not-so flattering details!

Cimitirul-Vesel-SapantaThe story of this particular cemetery began in the 1930s, started by the local sculptor Stan Ioan Patra who decided to create a tombstone for himself and the trend caught on. After his death, his apprentice Dumitru Pop Tincu continued the tradition.

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According to many, this bizarre tradition is somewhat associated to the ancient tradition and culture of Dacia, whose philosophy was based on immortality. These people considered death a moment of joy, a gateway to eternal happiness and to a better life than the former one.

Cimitirul-Vesel-SapantaCimitirul Vesel has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now considered a perfect place to overcome the fear of death through irony by remembering loved ones with a smile on their lips.

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