Project-“Northern Transylvanian Wooden Churches Circuit

The project is financed through the Regional Operational Program 2007-2013, Priority Axis 5 – Sustainable Development and Promotion of Tourism, Field of Intervention 5.1.Restoration and sustainable valorisation of cultural heritage, as well as the creation / modernization of related infrastructures.

  • The financing contract was signed on 30.06.2010 and has a implementation period of 48 months.The project was finalized on 30 June 2016.
    TOTAL VALUE OF PROJECT – 19,851,274.44 lei.
    ELIGIBLE TOTAL VALUE – 15,469,969.00 lei.
    ERDF NON-EMPLOYED ELIGIBILITY FROM ERDF – 13.149.473,65 lei
    ELIGIBLE NON-GRAMMABLE VALUE OF THE NATIONAL BUDGET – 2,011,095.97 lei.
    ELIGIBLE CO-FINANCING OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL MARAMURES – 309,399.38 lei.
    VAT VALUE OF ELIGIBLE EXPENSES – 3,668,495.44 lei.

In order to ensure a relatively balanced spatial distribution of tourism activities in order to involve more areas with low economic competitiveness in order to improve the attractiveness, the project targets 16 wood churches located in different areas of Maramures, link and description below:

  1. Bogdan Voda, Bogdan Voda village, “Saint Nicholas” wooden church,
  2. Budesti, Budesti village, “Saint Nicholas” wood church, Josani, UNESCO heritage,
  3. Călineşti, Călineşti village, Wooden Church “Nativity of the Virgin” Josani (Căieni)
  4. Ieud, Ieud village, Wooden church “Nativity of the Virgin” (from the hill), UNESCO heritage,
  5. Ieud, Ieud village, “Nativity of the Virgin” wood church,
  6. Poienile Izei, Poienile Izei village, “Saint Paraschiva” wooden church, UNESCO heritage
  7. Sisesti, Plopis village, Wooden Church “Archangels Mihail and Gavril”, UNESCO heritage
  8. Sisesti, the village of Şurdeşti, the wooden church “Saint Archangels Mihail and Gavril”, UNESCO heritage
  9. Remetea Chioarului, Remetea Chioarului village, Wooden church “The Archangels Mihail and Gavril”
  10. Rozavlea, Rozavlea village Wooden church “The Archangels Michael and Gabriel”
  11. Ocna Şugatag, Şugatag village Wooden church “Saint Paraschiva”
  12. Săcălăşeni, Săcălăşeni village, “The Assumption of the Virgin” wooden church,
  13. Barsana, Barsana village, Wooden Church “Entrance of Our Lady to the Church” UNESCO heritage
  14. Deseşti, Deseşti village, Wooden church “Saint Paraschiva”, UNESCO heritage,
  15. Botiza, Botiza village, “Saint Paraschiva”,
  16. Mănăştur, village of Cărpiniş, wooden church “Dormition of the Mother of God”

The wooden churches represent a defining reality for the spiritual geography of the Romanian people everywhere. Collective work, often anonymous, the wooden churches in Maramures are a reflection of socio-economic and historical conditions, a convincing demonstration of the continuity of a spiritual life of ancient tradition. They are documents of certain authenticity not only through the elements of their appearance, which reflect the unity of the Romanian people, but also through the role they played in the life of the Transylvanian Romanians: the national tribune, the school, the cultural and art settlement, the realities whose meaning is It blends harmoniously with their attribute of building the community. In other words, wooden churches are a defining reality for the spiritual geography of the Romanian people everywhere. It is necessary and appropriate to capitalize on this heritage of inestimable value.

Therefore, the overall objective of the project is the sustainable valorisation of the tourist potential of the wooden churches recognized as UNESCO world heritage values ​​and values ​​of the national and universal cultural heritage by creating and improving related infrastructures by including them in a circuit Cultural and religious tourism, which will lead to a qualitative increase of all the conditions for practicing this form of tourism, having a direct impact both on increasing the tourist attractiveness of Maramureş County and on its consecration as a European tourist destination.

The wooden churches in the Maramures area are characterized by planimetry, the technique of wood joints and the realization of the shingle covers, being a certain proof of the ingenuity of the constructive solutions performed at the highest level of artistic expression.

They were raised on heights where verticality imposed specific constructive solutions visible in the construction of arches and tower arbours with usually the belfry covered with a prolonged dome provoking to the sky, the top of which is fixed a wrought iron cross elaborated. The architectural  ensemble of Maramures evolved in time according to the skill, experience and fantasy of the local builders, and managed to impose a certain style in the artistic rendering of the ornamental forms and motifs.

There are, however, some differences between the churches built in the different areas of Maramures:

Wooden churches that are imposed by monumentality, in some cases fulfilling the role of true cathedrals in dimensions, but also by the boldness of lines and proportions;
Wooden churches that are distinguished by the spectacularity of the towers and the beauty of the shingles;
Wooden churches of smaller size but perfectly proportioned and with high-quality interior trim and porch;
Wooden churches that stand out through the beauty of the porches and functional décor.

However, these differences, which are only in a manner that does not affect the style or the overall architectural line, consist of certain accents and subtleties of forms specific to each area.

The specific objectives of the project are:

Increasing the accessibility of the selected wooden churches, respectively the accomplishment of each of the following works for each location:
Rehabilitation of the access roads from the county or national road to the point of view within the monument within a maximum distance of one km.
Parking facilities for cars and buses in the proximity of the access road to the premises.
Development of infrastructure related to the tourist area related to the historical monuments, respectively for each location:
Building a tourist information point
Water supply from individual local sources or by connecting to the centralized water supply system at the nearest point;
Sewerage;
Street lighting in the area of ​​historical monument and parking;
Architectural lighting and goal elevation.
Consignment of the historical monument as a tourist destination by increasing its visibility, namely a series of information activities and promotion of the tourist circuit

The overall objective of the priority axis is primarily to capitalize on and promote sustainable cultural heritage and natural resources with tourism potential, as well as improving the quality of tourist accommodation and leisure infrastructure in order to increase the attractiveness of regions, develop local economies and create new jobs .

Increasing the importance of tourism and culture as factors that stimulate economic growth in the regions, respecting the principles of sustainable development and environmental protection;
Extending the tourist season;
Increasing the number of tourists by capitalizing the local and regional cultural tourism potential on the national and international tourist market.

The project’s activities will contribute to the development of cultural tourism in the Maramureş County by preserving the cultural heritage represented by the wooden churches and increasing the tourist offer in the area.

Rehabilitation of access roads, parking facilities, building of information points, realization of street, ornamental and architectural lighting leads implicitly to:

– economic development of the localities included in the project;

– increasing the absorption capacity of more tourists;

– increasing the income of the beneficiaries.

The “Northern Transylvanian Wooden Churches Circuit” project will increase the importance of tourism in the North-West region by highlighting the regional identity symbols represented by historical monuments (wooden churches).

1. Heritage objectives entered into the tourist circuit 16 in total of which: UNESCO objectives 7 and objectives of national interest 9.

2. Increase in the number of tourists by 10%.

3. New jobs created / maintained at the end of project implementation 16

For each objective, the following will be done:

Car park and coach parking facilities at the access / visitor point in the vicinity of the lens;

– Rehabilitation of access roads and traffic in the tourist area (road works, bridges and shore defense);

-Production of pedestrian alleys;

Realization of street, ornamental and architectural lighting;
The fencing of the monument with a wooden fence and, where appropriate, will be made of the rods
Construction of a tourist information point / exhibition hall. The tourist information point is built in P regime with a built and developed area of ​​40 m² and is located near the monument.
Water supply to the tourist information point from individual local sources or by connection to the centralized water supply system;
Sewage of waste water from the tourist information point and provision of its treatment by connecting to existing sewage systems or by local ministers.

Results of the information and publicity activity:

– 2 Press releases of the institution implementing the project and the beneficiary in a regional and local newspaper on the launch, importance and completion of the project, as well as the completion of certain important milestones of the program;

-5 Press conferences to inform about the launch of the project and periodically to present the status of the works.

– 20 advertising announcements specifying the importance of the project, possible interruptions for a period of time in both directions, utilities (water, electricity, methane gas, telephones, etc.)

– 1,000 leaflets on the evaluation, project implementation

– 150 posters with the message: “The Regional Operational Program supports the modernization of Romania by offering financing opportunities for projects from all the development regions of the country”

– 16,000 leaflets on historical data and information on the monument and location (1000 pieces each monument, personalized on the monument)

– 160 Specific posters for each historical monument (10 posters for each individual memument)

– 160 Posters covering all the monuments included in the project, with related data (10 posters for each individual momentum)

– 1 documentary film about the monuments included in the project

– 16 Construction Site Panels to inform the public about the support provided by the European Union and Romanian Government co-financiers.

-16 Standing commemorative plaques to inform the public about the support provided by the co-financiers of the European Union and the Government of Romania.

More details can be found here:

http://www.cjmaramures.ro/comunicate/proiectele-cjmm-premiate-la-conferinta-finala-regio

In order to see the implementation phase please check each photo album bellow.

Ieud Ses Implementation

Ieud Ses Implementation

Ieud Deal implementation

Ieud Deal implementation

Carpinis implementation

Carpinis implementation

Calinesti implementation

Calinesti implementation

Botiza implementation

Botiza implementation

Bogdan Voda imlementation

Bogdan Voda imlementation

Surdesti implementation

Surdesti implementation

Sugatag implementation

Sugatag implementation

Sacalaseni imlementation

Sacalaseni imlementation

Rozavlea imlementation

Rozavlea imlementation

Remetea Chioarului implementation

Remetea Chioarului implementation

Poienile Izei implementation

Poienile Izei implementation

Plopiș implementation

Plopiș implementation

Barsana Implementation

Barsana Implementation

Desesti Implementation

Desesti Implementation

Budești implementation

Budești implementation

The ethnography lesson - a dialogue about tradition and nation

A touching lesson about the habitation habits of the traditional man, his relationship with the house, the church, the village and the people was sustained today by the assistant professor Delia Suiogan at the Tourist Information Center in Săcălăşeni today. The action is the first in the series of events that the Maramureş County Council organizes during the period of sustainability of the project “Circuitul lemnului din Transilvania de Nord”, financed by the Regional Operational Program 2007-2013, Priority Axis 5 – Sustainable Development and Promotion of Tourism, Field of Intervention-5.1. Restoration and sustainable valorisation of cultural heritage, as well as the creation / modernization of related infrastructures. The project was completed in June 2016 and has as main objective the capitalization of 16 wooden churches in Maramures, by developing Tourist Information Centers in their vicinity, by arranging alleys, parking lots, ornamental lighting and fences. The role of these centers, which are equipped with utilities at European standards, is to provide tourists with information about the common tourist and county objectives.

Today’s event was attended by the children and teachers from the Săcălăşeni Secondary School, representatives of the county, the representative of the Ministry of Tourism for Maramureş and Suceava, the members of the project implementation unit, representatives of the Tourism and Rescue Service of the Maramureş County Council and the inhabitants of the commune .

As appropriate in a traditional rural community, the action began with the blessing of parish priest Vasile Lăcătuş and the welcome speech of Mayor Emilian Pop. The project manager, Claudia-Maria Breban – Director of the Directorate for Development and Implementation of Projects within the Maramures County Council – said that the action in Săcălăşeni, developed under the title “Ethnography Lesson”, can be considered “the zero kilometer” of a A series of events to be held in all project locations during the sustainability period.

Professor Delia Suiogan, PhD, University of Northern Baia Mare University, accompanied by a group of students, emphasized the importance of such dialogues from the perspective of the knowledge and perpetuation of the tradition. It has been talked about the importance of ignoring the popular port, of preserving identity and tradition, of the natural rules of the traditional man’s life and of the return to the roots. “We need to know our roots, past, traditions. No matter how beautiful, a tree that has no roots will fall to the first wind, “- said Dr. Delia Suiogan.

Dressed in the costumes specific to the area, the children from the ensemble “Chioarul Flowers” supported, at the end of the event, a suite of traditional dances.

Dana Gagniuc
Communication expert
County Policy Department

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