The Maramures region is located in the extreme northern part of Romania. The region is famous for its wooden churches and the consummate skill of the local craftsmen.
Maramures is renowned for its wooden churches that are built during the 17th and 18th centuries. The additional unique feature of the churches is that they are built without employing any iron nails in their construction. The church structures are one of the highest wooden buildings in the world. The Church of Surdesti is reputedly the highest wooden construction in Europe reaching to a height of 236 feet.
The people of the Maramures region in Romania are skilled wood carvers. The social standing of an individual in Maramures is adjudged by his skill in making wooden structures. The village of Sapanta is well known in Romania for having a 'Happy Cemetery'. This is just a cemetery-but the tombstones are carved with witty poems. Illustrations depicting the life of the dead person are also painted on the tombstones. Another engaging feature of Sapanta village is the sale of traditional Romanian clothes with colorful patterns. The town of Sighetul Maramtiei in Maramures of Romania is the access point to the region. The town is noted for its Village Museum.