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The Merry Cemetery of Romania is filled with art, colour and stories on life

Here is a cemetery like no other. Located in the small Romanian town of Sapanta, the Merry Cemetery as it’s now called, is home to gravestones that use the first person singular and the present tense to give ‘the voice of the deceased an existence’ that seems to continue, ‘interrupted but not stopped by death’.

New York-based photographer Peter Kayafas visited the small village of Sapanta and snapped the carved graves which preserve humor, tragedy and humanity in their epitaphs.

Some graves talk about tragic accidents and long illness occurring, while others sound somewhat regretful, like the grave of Dumitru Holdis: ‘He who likes plum brandy well, will fare like me, for much I loved my brandy, and with bottle in hand I died.’

Via Peter Kayafas

Sapanta cemetery in Romania
Sapanta cemetery in Romania
Sapanta cemetery in Romania
Sapanta cemetery in Romania

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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