Ribița Parich is enticing when it comes to nature walks with family or friends. One of the highlights that can be visited here is the birthplace of the leader of the peasant uprising in Transylvania, Gheorghe Crișan. It is located about 15 kilometers away from the municipality of Brad, in the village of Crișan, in the Parish of Ribița. Gheorghe Crișan's real name was Marcu Giurgiu, but almost everyone, regardless of age, knows him by the name Crișan, along with Horea and Cloșca. It is quite easy to reach the Crișan memorial house, especially since the signs are well positioned from the main road.

In front of the memorial house is the bust of Crișan, made by the sculptor Marcel Olinescu, in 1929.

The building was rebuilt in 1979, after a photograph published by the historian Ioan Lupaș in 1934. The memorial house looks like an 18th-century peasant house and respects the specific architecture of the early eighteenth century. The house has a stone foundation, and the two rooms and the chamber are made of wooden beams. The whole house is covered with straw, and together with the arched pillared vault offers those who come here a vision of the past.

In one of the two rooms maintained here are displayed some documents referring to the local history, not only the economic-social context of Transylvania during the rebellion, but also information regarding the events of that period. Also here, you can consult some data about Crișan's contribution to the school, but also about his tragic death, along with Horea and Cloșca. In the other room, there are some of the objects that almost every man had in his home at that time, more precisely in the eighteenth century. Here you can admire some pots used in the kitchen, made of clay or wood, a bed and other objects specific to the time and area.

Marcu Giurgiu (Gheorghe Crișan) was born in 1733 in the town of Vaca, which today bears the name Crișan. It received the name of Crișan because this area also passes the Crișul Alb, and the people here were also called Crișen. Crișan was married and had a child. Former military man in the imperial army, he was a fiery and determined man, he was proud, imposing and severe. In the places where he was stationed, the confrontations between the peasants and the armed men of the Hungarian nobles were of particular violence. After the uprising began, he was captured on January 30th, 1785, and imprisoned in Alba Iulia, to be tried and sentenced to death. He committed suicide in his cell on February 13th, 1785, hanging himself with the straps from his moccasins.

Visiting program:

  • • Monday - Friday 09.00 - 18.00
  • • Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

Information can also be obtained from the Tourist Information Center near the Crișan Memorial House.

Visiting rates: 2 lei – school children and students, 4 lei - adults, 3 lei - pensioners

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