I is for Ieud

A visit to Romania almost a decade ago saw us visiting wooden churches. One such was at Ieud, in Maramures:


Church of the Virgin Birth, Ieud

..and a detail of the interior:

Interior painting, Ieud Wooden Church



  1. What a stunning structure. I’m imagining it must have felt very different inside – being wood rather than stone/brick.

  2. That’s a great place. Much of rural Romania seems to have not changed in centuries.
    It’s like you had a camera with you, in a time machine.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      I doubt much has changed since I took these, and we went to Romania because we were told it was like going back a couple of centuries. It was.

  3. What a beautiful building. We have (much newer) wooden churches, but they tend to be much less ornate.

  4. I love both the exterior and interior of this church, Sue! 🙂

  5. Reminiscent of the traditional wooden churches in Southern Poland, Sue. Lovely paintings inside. 🙂 🙂

  6. Fabulous interior paintings

  7. Lovely all around and inside as well. 🙂


  8. Rural Romania looks so unique. What are those piles with a stick poking out? Can’t enlarge the image and I can’t make them out. The church is fabulous both inside and out. The only wooden churches I have seen were the Stavkirke (Stave Church) in Norway (from the middle ages). Quite distinctive.

  9. Lovely photos of beautiful buildings. I encountered a wooden church in the skansen at Lublin – the day I forgot to charge my camera. Apparently there’s a wooden building trail in that part of Poland. Thanks for reminding me of pleasures and failures!

  10. This looks so picturesque. Are they being actively preserved?

  11. Some thing I would love to do, maybe one day 🙂

    • Sue

      Visit Romania, you mean? A plethora of different ecclesiastical buildings…..in Maramures, Wooden Churches (painted frescoes for the illiterate faithful in the interior) of which Ieud is one, in Bucovina the splendid Painted Monasteries (exterior painted frescoes), and then in Transylvania the Saxon fortified churches. I have posted on eg Voronet monastery and Hamruden (Homerod) church in the past…do a search

  12. I feel like the wooden churches in Maramures are often overlooked. It’s not about visiting places of worships or about religion, the paintings and the craftsmanship of those churches are worth seeing.

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