MARAMURES, A CIVILIZATION OF WOOD
The ultimate timberland
In Nortwhest Romania, Maramures is certainly one of the most authentic and preserved region of Europe. With half of its territory covered with forests, it is home to a civilisation of wood which is everywhere from churches to houses, from imposing portals to delicate artworks.
In the heart of its deep valleys live uniquely talented craftsmen. Foresters, carpenters and wood carvers populate villages entrenched in traditions. For centuries, life in Maramures has followed the seasons and Mother Nature plays a key role here. Christmas and Easter are cornerstones of the year and their celebrations are rich with folklore.
But slowly, for better and worse, modernity is entrenching. However, this little known region is hanging on its traditions and natural beauty.