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Săpânța is located in Romania
Coordinates: 47°58′N 23°42′E / 47.967°N 23.700°E / 47.967; 23.700
Country  Romania
County Maramureș County
Area 139.17 km2 (53.73 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1] 3,267
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Săpânța (Romanian pronunciation: [səˈpɨnt͡sa]; Hungarian: Szaplonca; Slovak: Sapunka; Yiddish: Spinka or Shpinka) is a commune in Maramureș County in northern Romania, 15 kilometers northwest of Sighet and just south of the Tisza River. It is composed of a single village, Săpânța.

It is known for its "Merry Cemetery" and was the original home of the Spinka dynasty of Hasidic Rebbes.



  1. ^ Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010

External links

  • Photos of Săpânța
  • More about Maramureș and the Merry Cemetery
  • New York Times Article: In Merry Cemetery, Romanians' lives in carvings and verse
  • More photo sources with Google search " Merry Cemetery, Romania "
  • Photos of Săpânța-Peri Monastery
  • Săpânța - o destinatie surpriză

Coordinates: 47°58′19″N 23°41′49″E / 47.972°N 23.697°E / 47.972; 23.697

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