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Land of Lăpuș

The story of Lapuş is one of wood and forestry products. The story, however, begins several thousand years ago when Free Dacians of the Bronze Era formed small groups living in this region. The people of this ancient time left hundreds and hundreds of clay vessels as well as ornaments made from bone and gold in high mounds covered with soil. Today many of the mounds remain, but those that have been excavated revealed an enormous cache that is now on display in the Baia Mare Archeological Museum.

 
  

Present day Lapuş provides a good glimpse of the challenges villagers face living in modern times while also maintaining a lifestyle steeped in a traditional economy. The story of wood, from forest to furniture, follows the path of harvesting timber using horses to the modern day furniture making techniques using high technology as well as hand techniques.

There are numerous roads by which travelers can enter Lapuş Country. From Cluj, Lapuş Country is an easy day trip. Lapuş is famous for its monasteries, the most popular destination for pilgrims being Rohia.

A spectacular route From Baia Mare to Lapuş via Şurdeşti, Cavnic and the mountain pass of Rotunda impresses upon the visitor the landscape diversity in Maramures. Rising into high mountains of over 1000 meters, the road twists and turns through a protected natural area perfect for nature lovers. The headwaters of the Lapuş River begin in the high mountain pass, and as it flows down the steep ravines into the valley below, travelers have opportunities along its path to picnic by the riverside, stroll in grassy pastures, and cool off in the pools among the rocks. Following the Lapuş River into Lapuş Country is a natural preparation for visits to the numerous monasteries perched on six mountaintops surrounding the valley of Lapuş. Lapuş Country is dotted with wooden churches and monasteries.

Lapuş Country is a good example of a region embarking on a transition from an economy based on traditional farming to a 21st century multifaceted economy. Not many tourists find their way into Lapuş Country, but those who do are by a population who bring traditional skills and values into 20th century work places.

  The small village of Rogoz is home to another UNESCO monument. According to tradition, the church "The Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel" was built in 1633 from two huge twin trees brought from Dealul Popii (The Priest's Hill).

 

Atop a mountain overlooking the small village of Rohia is the Monastery of St. Anne.

 

The capital of Lapuş Country is the town of Târgu Lapuş. Several thousand people live in and around this town that acts as the main commercial center for the vast Lapuş valley.

 

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