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About Sighet Prison

The Sighet Prison was a prison in the town of Sighetu Marmatiei, Maramures County, one of the most notorious political prisons in Romania. Immediately after the establishment of communist regime, in Romania were imprisoned the intellectual, political and religious elites, which presented a threat to the communist authorities.

The prison was built in 1897, when the area was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as a prison for criminal offenders.

After 1945, at the end of World War II, the repatriation of Romanians who had been prisoners of war and deportees in the Soviet Union was done through Sighet. In August 1948, once communist power had been consolidated, Sighet prison was reserved for political opponents of the regime.

The penitenciary was considered a "special work unit", known under the name of "Danube colony", but in reality was a place of extermination for the country's elites and at the same time a safe place, not possible to escape from.

In 1977, the prison was closed, and the buildings were turned into a broom factory, salt warehouse and from 1997 a museum "The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance".

Contact and information:

Address: Str. Corneliu Coposu no. 4, Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania
Phone: +4 0262.316.848

Opening hours:

April 15 to October 15
Monday - Sunday: 9:30 - 18:30

October 16 to April 14
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 - 16:30
Monday: Closed


Adults: 6 lei
Pupils, students: 3 lei
Persons with disabilities, former political prisoners, journalists: Free

Photo fee: 3 lei
Video fee: 15 lei

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