Lying to the south of the Gutâi and Igni mountains, BAIA MARE, the largest town in Maramure, makes a good base for forays into the surrounding countryside. As a major non-ferrous metals centre, mining has waxed and waned here since the fourteenth century when, under its Magyar name of Nagybánya, it was the Hungarian monarchs' chief source of gold. The town has an attractive old core, now being restored, and a couple of worthwhile museums, the best of which is the Village Museum.
These eight churches are outstanding examples of a range of architectural solutions from different periods and areas. They show the
variety of designs and craftsmanship adopted in these narrow, high, timber constructions with their characteristic tall, slim clock towers ...