Manitoba's --- Uncommon Sites and Sights
Spotlight #32S --- north of Inglis is located

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Is the church (shown below) in its original location?

Is this the largest Romanian settlement in Canada?


Is there any significance to the coils at the bottom of the cross?


Is this farmhouse in its original location?

Is the fence/porch around the home common to Romanian homes?


What material was used for the white surface?


Were these vents unique to Romanian homes?


Under what circumstances were iron crosses used?

For other iron crosses in Manitoba, click here.

Viewers' Comments

Fr. Octavian Mahler (Winnipeg) [this man & his family emigrated to Manitoba from Romania 2-3 years ago:

1. The original location of the old church was on the new church position.
2. At the beginning of the 20th century, this was the biggest group of Romanians to come from Bucovina. At that time it was a province of Romania, but now it belongs to the Ukraine.
3. No, the only thing that can have a significant explanation is that from the top view is a cross sign, or 4 gospels, or 4 seasons, etc.
4. No, the original location was 1 mile NW (next to a swamp).
5. Yes, in many parts of Romania around the house is a porch. But the fence is something that was brought in the last 70 years. Not too many houses had a porch 100 years ago.
6. Lime, and it is a very popular material, septic (?), and good quality. They do their house in every spring before Easter Christian holiday.
7. The vents were not in the original Paulencu House. Previously, there was one square window. People say that nobody knew how to rebuild the old window sills. These vent windows are very popular in the centre of Romania in the Sibiu area. Sibiu is a city with many German people. This vents are an German architectural influence and is not something specific for the Bucovina province from where those Romanians came from.
8. The iron crosses were used to replace the wood crosses burned by a fire in 1952 . Two crosses escaped that fire. Religiously, it does not matter what material you use, as long you keep the right dogma illustrated by symbols. But the cross is the sign of Jesus and orthodox cemeteries should have crosses.