The region is famous for the large
number of well preserved wooden Churches. Estimated number of wooden churches
build before 1850 is 94.
The Wooden churches of Maramures
can be divided into two groups: The "medieval" wooden church
and the "morosan" wooden church.
1. The "medieval" wooden
The name comes from the characteristics
of the construction and not necessarily date from the Middle Ages. Wooden
churches of the medieval type were built even in the 17´th century
but they retain old constructive patterns and could easily be compared
to a house from the same village. The butt of the church embraces the narthex
and the nave in a rectangular plan to which a narrower sanctuary used to
2. The "morosan" wooden
The morosan church could appear
before the 17´th century. The plains of a morosan church dose not
differ from a medieval one but the rooms are certainly more spacious. Inside
a morosan church the vault was risen with several timbers over the lower
walls. This structure was to made a second level of small windows. Outside
the church between the two levels of windows is a narrow roof, which together
with the tower gives the morosan church its distinctive outer profile.