The Wooden Church of the Valley, Ieud


The church is located in Ieud, Maramureş County.


Hiding in the picturesque landscapes of Maramureş is the Ieud village. The village is a real open-air museum taking pride in its two old wooden churches, one of them being the Church from the Valley, dedicated to the Nativity of the Holy Mother.

It was built in 1718 and is one of the most impressive wooden constructions in Romania. Known as the “wooden cathedral” of the historical region of Maramureş, the church distinguishes itself due to its harmonized proportions. It was built in the classic Maramureşean style with a very high double lap roof and an imposing belfry. Inside the church you can admire a nice glass icon collection, and other valuable pieces of church furniture. Here you can also visit the Church on the Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jewish cemetery or the small Village Museum. If you are in Ieud on the first Saturday after Assumption of Mary  (August 15th) you can take part in the running competition “Maratonul Ursoii“.

Did you know?

The church was built after the last Tatar invasion (1717).

Conservation facts

The church is listed on the list of historical monuments of Romania. It is in a good state of preservation but the interior painting from 1841 is now poorly visible.




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