The novelty of this cemetery is the differentiation from popular culture that considers
death as a sad event. It was hypothesized that Stan Ioan Patras would have been inspired
by the Dacian culture, which considered death as a merry event. The first epitaph dates
back to 1935, and since the 1960s, the entire cemetery has been populated with about 800
such crosses, carved from oak wood, becoming an open-air museum and a tourist attraction.