Sacred places and gathering points for debates and important decisions for the community, but also strategic points for keeping the surroundings (the village boundaries) under surveillance in case of invasions, fires and other dangers – churches have had a central place throughout the history of the village and they are present in every settlement in this area. Some small and humble, unknown by many, such as the one in the village Mănăstirea, others imposing, but snug on the inside and part of the UNESCO World Heritage, the churches of Mara-Cosău-Creasta Cocoșului are definitely points of interest which deserve a couple of hours of your staying here, but most importantly your patience and attention in order to understand the entire world they altogether conceal and represent.
Budești Josani – Saint Nicholas church, built in 1643, which shelters the chainmail shirt of the legendary outlaw Pintea the Brave (a local Robin Hood), but also a valuable collection of glass and wooden sacred icons dating from the XV and XII centuries. Most of the indoor paintings were made in 1762 by Alexandru Ponehalschi (probably the most famous artist of Maramureș at that time), in a unique manner: miniature biblical scenes with colourful frames. The church is also known for a construction detail not to be found in other churches in the area and which functioned as a clue that in the village there used to be a Council of the Wise Elders: we leave you to find it on your own. The church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas (6th December).
Entrance fee: 3 RON, and you need to ask across the street, at the City Hall, for the entrance key.
Desești – a church dating from 1770, dedicated to Saint Parascheva (14th October). The narthex painting depicts The Judgment Day and the image of Moses who leads people from different nations to Judgment. The altar stone has an interesting legend, and in the church’s graveyard you can find Celtic crosses.
Entrance fee: 2 RON, and the entrance key can be found at the priest’s house, behind the church.
The wooden church of the Holy Archangels located in Breb (historical monument dating from the XVIII century), the wooden church „The Birth of the Virgin Mary” located in Călinești Căieni (historical monument built in the XVII century, having in the narthex a painting picturing the boundaries of the soul, represented as a leader on which souls climb to heaven), the wooden church „The Birth of the Virgin Mary” from Călinești Susani (historical monument dating from the XVIII century), the wooden church Saint Nicholas in Cornești (historical monument dating from the XVII century), the wooden church Saint Nicholas located in Ferești (historical monument dating from the XVII century).