Visits to the traditional wooden churches
Mara-Cosău-Rooster’s Crest area consists of many traditional wooden churches raised in the 17th and 18th centuries – having old interior paintings, wooden and glass icon collections or specific architectural designs found only in Maramureș. Most of these constructions are monument churches; that is why two of these have been included in the UNESCO heritage.
● Saint Nicolae Church of Budești Josani, UNESCO monument, raised between 1642 and 1643
● Saint Nicolae Church of Budești Susani, raised in 1760
● Saint Parascheva Church in Sârbi Susani, raised in 1639
● Saint Nicolae Church in Sârbi Josani, dating from 1685
● Birth of the Virgin Mary Church of Călinești-Josani (Căeni), raised in 1628
● Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Călinești-Susani (Băndreni), dating from 1774
● Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel Church in Văleni, raised in 1521
● Saint Nicolae Church in Cornești, one of the oldest churches in Transylvania, dating from 1615
● Saint Parascheva Church of Șugatag, built in 1699
● Birth of the Virgin Mary Church in Hărnicești, built in 1679
● Saint Parascheva Church in Desești, included in the UNESCO world heritage, built in 1717, with paintings dating from 1770
● Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Hoteni, built in 1790
● Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel Church in Breb, raised in 1622 (with one of its towers dating from 1530)
IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Churches can be visited even outside normal visiting hours. Look for the keeper of the key in the village – most of the times this person is the priest of the church or someone from his family. In order to find out where the key is, simply ask any villager and she or he will guide you.