Visit Maramures

The land of wooden churches, mythological richness, impressive landscapes and very ancient customs

Budesti

The church in the lower part of the village was built entirely of oak in 1643 and named for St. Nicholas. A specific characteristic of this church is its tower. The main tower is surrounded by four smaller towers which were built in a gothic style unique to architecture from Maramures. This church also keeps the chain mail jersey and helmet of legendary outlaw Pintea "Viteazul" ("The Brave"), the Romanian version of Robin Hood. These articles were left here after the flight of the Tartars in 1717. The interior paintings of this church are very expressive. The decoration of the alter is reminiscent of Catalonian paintings from between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The beauty of the glass and wooden icons complete the harmony of this splendid church.