Ieud Deal (Hill) Church is a UNESCO monument said to be the oldest church in Maramureș, dating from 1364. The church interior is covered in a post-byzantine painting, created in the 18th century by one of Maramureș’ most active and well-known artists of the time, Alexandru Ponehalschi; the paintings illustrate the Judgement Day and scenes from the Old Testament. The Codex of Ieud, written in Cyrillic and thought to be the oldest Romanian text, dating from 1391, was found in the attic of this church.
The church is dedicated to the celebration of the birth of Mary, Mother of God, held annually on September 8th. This is a perfect occasion for visitors to attend the service and to see the villagers dressed in their traditional costumes.
Tip: Try to find and interpret the Romanian inscriptions situated under some of the church’s windows.
Contact person for church visits – the „key holder”: Vasile Pleș in Ieud.
At the foot of the hill where the church lies, there’s also the Pleș Ethnographic Museum – a former Maramureș household transformed into a small museum with passion and respect for history by the Ples family members. The houses in this complex are very well preserved in their original condition and they shelter traditional costumes, wooden objects and tools and old wooden furniture.
Visiting hours: Monday – Friday, 8.00 – 20.00. Phone: +4 0262.336.104.