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Wooden Churches - A Representative Component in the Cultural Rural Landscape of Transylvania


Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: III;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Wooden churches | Cultural patrimony | Villages of Transylvania | Wood civilization

This paper analyses one of the most representative components of the rural religious material culture – the wooden churches – typical for the historical province of Transylvania and especially for Maramureş. Wooden churches are specific for the rural space inhabited by the Romanian communities, with an accented character of conservatism and preservation of the traditions from Maramureş, the Someş Plateau and the Apuseni Mountains. The physiognomic architectural characteristics and the technique of the buildings, joining the archaic means with a science of equilibrium and of wood resistance have imposed this category of objectives, offering originality and even uniqueness to the rural landscape to which they belong.
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