M is for Maramures

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Maramures, a region in northwest Romania, is the place where tradition never dies. I visited only once — it’s a ten-hour road trip from Bucharest — and fell in love with the place.

Too far north and remote to be invaded by the Romans and other conquerors, Maramures preserved the culture and traditions of a medieval past, and in doing so it retained its identitythat of a rural fairytale.

This is an area of Transylvania known for its wooden churches and wooden gates. Much of the land is mountainous, with beautiful rolling hills and meadows.

Maramures is considered the heart and soul of rural Romania. The visitor wakes up to the sound of roosters crowing, and to seeing villagers take their cows off for grazing. There’s nothing but countryside and meadows of wildflowers, as far as the eye can see. A place where the visitor bears witness to simpler times and lives. A testament to a romantic era of simplicity. 

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For the most part, families remain in the same villages as their ancestors. Traditional skills and crafts are passed down from generation to generation. Traditional hand-woven clothing continues to be practical. The church continues to be the soul of the village.

Visiting Maramures means traveling through mountain passes and descending into valleys where traditions unfold as a living museum that is within reach yet difficult to comprehend.

For me, Maramures symbolizes peace — natural silence and utter serenity.

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Images courtesy: http://www.mynewjob.ro; http://www.romanianmonasteries.org; Poarta maramureseana,www.crestinortodox.ro; brandigg.de; http://www.telegraph.co.us

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31 responses to “M is for Maramures

  1. Hi Silvia – I can quite see what you mean – what an amazing and wonderful place .. I just hope it can retain its identity in this modern age … The wooden churches look so interesting .. while the scenery just stunning .. love the photos you’ve put up .. cheers Hilary

  2. They still have haystacks! Lovely photos. Sue

  3. Somehow a pang arose in me as I was reading this. Your words and the photographs are truly a reminder of peace and serenity, beauty and simplicity. Thank you Silvia.
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  4. Absolutely stunning photographs! So beautiful. It’s wonderful to know such places still exist.

  5. Fascinating, Sylvia. What a remarkable place and you wrote about it so beautifully!

  6. Wow. So picturesque, and it sounds like a little slice of heaven. *Making note* Must visit.

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  7. I loved reading this post and learning about a place cherishing simpler times. Photos were awesome, too. Very nice.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

  8. Beautiful, looks peaceful. I am sure I would love it.

  9. Gorgeous terrain! Thanks for sharing this, Silvia.

  10. What a Beautiful countryside. And I love the house with the wood siding. See, you can have ‘more’ and still keep life simple. Just gorgeous

  11. How beautiful! I would love to go there and step back into a screen free and simple world . . . mdc

  12. For many of us, Transylvania is simply a place of legend. Thanks for the reminder that it really exists…and is beautiful! – Fawn

  13. Your photos are excellent – and after my L post now I know what you like – had me giggling all day

  14. Fantastic place! Thanks for sharing this, Silvia. Maramures sounds magical. And thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs — glad you liked the post, even if it was a sad one :)

  15. It looks really beautiful there. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. It looks so nice and peaceful. I want to go there.
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  17. It’s really beautiful.

  18. In such a busy and messy world, it is reassuring to know that such a place still exists. If my life was different and such, I would be found making butter in the kitchen and baking bread.
    Thank you for sharing your homeland with your readers.

  19. I am loving this adventure through your homeland. The photos are awesome! Makes me want to visit and immerse myself in its culture.

  20. Thank you Sylvia for sharing this beauty. It definitely does look like a fairy tale. I am fascinated by the tapestries as well. Do you know how they are made or where I could find some more info on them? Your whole site has been very inspiring.

  21. So beautiful! I would love to visit someday. Am really enjoying your blog!

  22. I feel a real longing when I read about these kinds of places that time has forgot…there’s still some small places like this in South America but not many left, shame.
    Maggie@expatbrazil.

  23. Wow such a lovely and peaceful town!

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  24. Such a beautiful place! I can see why you love it so!

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