The history of the people of Maramureş is told through the wood of their churches. Along the centuries, the area’s foreign rulers did not allow the people living here to build long lasting stone churches so instead, the local carpenters raised beautiful wooden churches to communicate with God. Wood became their best friend and companion. Despite many predictions to the opposite, the churches have resisted the ravages of time and still remain in this northwestern Romanian land, sustaining the local populace and amazing visitors.
Eight wooden churches from Maramureş have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
These churches are to be found at:
Poienile Izei (1604)
Ieud-Deal (mid fourteenth century according to some oppinions, 1611-1621, according to others)
Budeşti Josani (1643)
*Source – MaramuresInfoTurism