Wooden Church – Breb

Wooden Church and Orthodox Church, Breb

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There are two churches in Breb: the Graeco-Catholic wooden church of the Holy Archangels and the Orthodox new church. Church plays a big part in village life and most villagers attend Sunday service dressed in traditional costume. The church of the Holy Archangels was built in 1531 in another part of the village called Copaciş and moved to its current site in 1626, going through reparations and modifications several times. The graveyard is unique due to its wooden crosses which use ancient symbols. The oldest preserved is the cross circumscribed in a circle, identified as belonging to the Celtic culture.

The Orthodox new church has become a village emblem as it is visible from all major locations in the surrounding area. You will most likely see the church before you notice the sign to Breb! Construction began in 1989 and it took approximately 15 years to reach completion.

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There is an interesting collection of icons from the 17th, 18th and 19th century within the beamed vault and through the roof. The rectory was built in 1903 on the site of the original from 1801 but is now empty. There is also a partially preserved mural on the outside of Pop Anca Bratu’s passing. There is lots to discover in the carvings and painting on the walls, all of which provide a glimpse into medieval life in Breb.

paintings - Wooden Church Breb, Maramures