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Rogoz wooden church

Rogoz wooden church

The Church of Saints Michel and Gabriel from Rogoz. The first documentary attestation of the locality dates from the year 1488 under the name Rogoz, the village being part of the domain of the Ciceu Citadel belonging to Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt (Stephen the Great and Holy)and other rulers of Moldova. The Church of Saints Michel and Gabriel from Rogoz is situated in the cemetery in the valley of the Lăpuș River, being one of the oldest places of worship of Maramureș, built in the year 1663 of huge trunks of elms brought from Dealul Popii. The church from Rogoz is probably the most representative place where the naive Western Gothic meets Romanian traditional orthodoxy and pre-Christian roots of Maramureș.
The wooden church “Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel” is an exceptional example, a testimony of the geniality of anonym artists and of traditional techniques used for the wooden constructions. The perfect beauty of the church, the silhouette and its ornamental language, its spatial conception, the technical realization, all these converge to define a monument of exceptional universal value, a true masterpiece of the genius, a genial creation of peasant artists.

The church of Rogoz has some different features from related buildings. Firstly, it was built with a polygonal narthex, rectangular nave, and altar with seven sides. The tower has a square shape and presents four small towers on its roof. Also, outside you will find many decorations. The church is famous for its loaded consoles of horse head shapes that support the roof, but also for the wood sculptures on the facades. The church painting was created in 1785, as attested by inscriptions in Cyrillic preserved in the altar.
The roof is asymmetric, to protect Masa Mosilor, situated along the north façade. The table is divided into sections for each rich family from the village, and their names are listed on the church wall. Here the elders of the village judged for different reasons, and on holidays, the families organized meals in the courtyard, giving alms to the poor for the souls of the dead persons.
This church is located in the center of the village, along with another wooden church, "St. Parascheva", brought here from Suciu de Sus village in 1883.

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