Visit Maramures

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


The wooden church of Şurdeşti, devoted to the Saint Archaengels Michael and Gabriel, was built in 1721 under the direction of Toma Macarie. The church steeple is among the tallest old wooden structures in the world. In the past, people believed that the taller the church tower was, the easier their prayers could reach up to Heaven.
Besides the impressive height, it is worth noting that this is the only church in the Land of Chioar that has double-eaved roof. The two superposed rows of arches above the porch are also unique in the region.
The interior frescoes, executed by Ştefan of Şişeşti in 1783, were applied on canvas strips which in turn fill the gaps between the wooden beams.