Surdesti Wooden Church
Surdesti Wooden Church
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,942 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The wooden church at Surdesti - together with it twin church in Plopis - used to be the tallest wooden church in Maramures , until the church of the Monastery Sapanta Peri was erected ... it is 72 m high ( Peri is 75 m still debatable since it is half stone and brick and half wood that 1 - so for me is not all "Wooden" !).
Built in 1721 by team of locals lead by the famous master of wooden church building Ion Macarie and painted by the not less famous church painter Stefan Zugravul - the church still preserves the decorations as those were made (it is a Greek Catholic church - and given that less candles and incense is used during the service - hence less smoke to darken the paintings ...).
Visiting will cost you 7 RON - a little over 1,5 Euro's but the custodian will give you a very detailed explanation about the history of the church.
The steep roofing - stepped - and the central tower with the 4 small towers surrounding it are the marks of the old wooden churches in Maramures.
Since 1999 this church is also on the UNESCO world heritage list (among other 7 ).
So if you are in the area it is certainly a must do - regardless if you are religious or not (and since Plopis is only 3 km away you can visit both this churches.).
It is indeed an experience.
Written 7 October 2020
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The village of Surdesti is located in Maramures, on the road between the Cavnic ski resort and Baia Mare. This Greek Catholic wooden church is one of the tallest of its kind in Europe, and the second in Romania. Located on a hill, above the parking lot, the church stands in the middle of a small and very old cemetery, with gravestones dating over two hundred and fifty years. The really impressive fact is that its uniquely elegant, 54 meters high steeple was build completely by hand. The interior paintings are still original and not renovated and they date from 1783.
Written 14 November 2019
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Nimrod J
europe448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This was the second of the perhaps dozen wooden churches we saw during our time in Maramures. The interior is well kept the church still in use. If there is no one there (early June still not season ) after you walk up from the parking lot continue on to the first house and ask there for the keeper to come open, He is charming and the church very impressive. That same day we drove to and visited churches in Polips , Sisesti and through a Rom village(Fauresti) to the church at Laschia which is much more recent but also very interesting.
Written 27 June 2015
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sherrycr
Rapid City, SD76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
This church was quite difficult to find. Instead of the normal brown signs with an arrow, there was one sign NOT facing traffic, so really hard to see.
When I arrived, the church was locked and there was a crazy little pictogram indicating the key at a house 100m away. Unfortunately no direction given. I knocked on doors. no luck. Finally, a grumpy old lady appeared from somewhere with the key.....Inside was really neat once I gained entrance!
Written 12 July 2016
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TravelingCat22
Tucson, AZ2,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
This church was closed but we managed to see an old lady who came to open the door. The interior is magnificent. Colorful painted wood, scarves, ... we wish we had a guide with us.
Written 17 November 2015
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timothyjull
Tucson, Az26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
This church is fabulous and build entirely of wood, no nails, including the very high tower. The interior is also very interesting, showing the style of an Eastern-Rite church. Make sure to find the caretaker so you can go inside. It's a little off the beaten track but well worth it.
Written 20 June 2015
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mia0343
Toronto, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
We attended the Christmas holy service in the small, ancient wooden church in Surdesti.The church is in the UNESCO patrimony, along with other seven wooden churches in Maramures. The priests' sermon was echoed by the angelic children songs. When the priest announced the Birth of Christ, the entire church was filled with Joy. People of all ages, in their traditional attire announced the Good News caroling door to door. The wooden church in Surdesti gave me the most authentic, true Christmas.
Written 31 December 2014
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Parus R
Stockport, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
In addition to being the tallest churchmade entirely of wood in the world (no other materials were used, not even nails!), the little Surdesti church contains beautiful old frescoes (i loved the pre-Copernicus depiction of the universe all orbiting around the Earth), and gorgeous carved wood details. It is an astounding structure to see and visit.
Written 4 May 2013
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Aaron Q
165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
The paintings are peeling off the olds walls, but in an amazing way. Photographs were not allowed inside. The young man working spoke 5 languages, including English, and was helpful with information about the church. There was a small fee for entering when I was there, which visitors were not asked for until they were already well inside the church, which was somewhat awkward, but the fee was modest. There is also a little graveyard around the church. Off to the right of the parking lot, you could walk a path through the trees and through a clearing in a field to another nearby wooden church in the distance, but I only photographed its steeple as time was short at this point. These churches are a little off the beaten path, so be ready to drive a bit if you're venturing to the main cities in Romania.

For me, it was worth it. These are rare churches, quite spectacular, although you may find them in different places in Romania, not just in Surdesti.
Written 12 March 2018
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brent b
Arroyo Grande, CA284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
not worth much time but it is a real testimony for the people who build this huge wooden church in 1767 and it is well preserved. a bit of a drive but many tourists are there.
Written 31 October 2019
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