The wooden churches in Sălaj county are architectural monuments representative for the religious art alongside the other wooden churches in Romania. They were built between the 16th and 19th centuries, yet most of them were erected between the 17th and 18th centuries.
There were 128 wooden churches in Sălaj county of which 92 are still standing and only 62 are Historical Monuments. The conservation state of the ones enlisted as Historical Monuments is generally problematic with numerous deteriorations and various repercussions on their durability and integrity. At the same time, the artistic components of the monuments, the religious objects and the exterior and interior painting are in a precarious state.
Some of these churches have been salvaged, being included in extensive conservation and restoration programs and then integrated in touristic circuits. The rest of them are preserved poorly, damaged by abusive and inappropriate interventions or abandoned. Without a responsible attitude, these buildings will shortly become ruins and lose the documentary, historic and artistic values they hold.
key words: wooden churches, architecture, mural painting, conservation state
Adrian Rauca- Associate Professor, PhD, University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Department of Conservation and Restoration
Irina Crețeanu- Lecturer, PhD, University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Department of Conservation and Restoration
Caietele restaurării 2018, pp. 246-265