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Merry Cemetery – Romania

Merry Cemetery – Romania 

Merry Cemetery is located in the village of Sapanca in Romania, and it was named for its unusual, colorful monuments humorous poems and drawings depict the life of the deceased and the cause of his death. It all began in the mid-thirties when local artist Joan Stan Patras (1908-1977) created the colorful monument and carved into it witty epitaph. Villagers Sapanca liked his way of making gravestones and began ordering them, so the village was soon a new, colorful cemetery, which is why it became known as the Merry Cemetery. During the sixties monuments climbed to 800. Monuments in  cemetery are made of oak wood and are hand carved, and above it is sure to put a roof. Patras is introduced into their work and symbolism, so green is life, yellow fertility, red passion and black death. Colors are always applied on a blue background which is believed to signify hope, freedom and the sky a shade of blue that is thanks to him became known as Sapanca blue.

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