Corabia

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Corabia
Town
Coat of arms of Corabia
Coat of arms
Location of Corabia
Location of Corabia
Coordinates: 43°46′25″N 24°30′12″E / 43.77361°N 24.50333°E / 43.77361; 24.50333Coordinates: 43°46′25″N 24°30′12″E / 43.77361°N 24.50333°E / 43.77361; 24.50333
Country  Romania
County Olt County
Status Town
Government
 • Mayor Iulica Oane (PSD)
Area
 • Total 92.84 km2 (35.85 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 21,932
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primariacorabia.ro
Corabia in Olt County

Corabia (Romanian pronunciation: [koˈrabi.a]) is a small Danube port located in Olt County, Romania, which used to be part of the now-dissolved Romanaţi County before World War II. Across the Danube from Corabia lies the Bulgarian village of Gigen.

History[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1912 9,124 —    
1930 8,857 −2.9%
1948 10,772 +21.6%
1956 11,502 +6.8%
1966 14,502 +26.1%
1977 19,705 +35.9%
1992 22,386 +13.6%
2002 21,932 −2.0%
2011 14,770 −32.7%
Source: Census data

Its name reflects the fact that the original settlement was built from the remains of wrecked Genoan ship (corabia is the Romanian language term for "sailing ship, specifically used for "galley"). It became a great port in the 1880s.

Under the communist regime, Corabia developed as a considerable manufacturing town, with a sugar mill, furniture factory, tannery, a fiber manufacturing plant, and various other facilities. However, in more recent times the town's population has dwindled. Many inhabitants have migrated to larger towns in the wake of the closure of many of Corabia's factories.

Geography[edit]

Corabia is still one of the central spots of Olt County; the town administers two villages, Tudor Vladimirescu and Vârtopu. The town houses a football club, several shops and bars, the remains of the Roman castrum Sucidava, dating back to the Roman period and featuring the "Secret Fountain" (an unusual piece of engineering); the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (one of the largest buildings of its kind in Romania), as well a monumental statue in the middle of the town square commemorating the use of Corabia's facilities in the initial attack during the Romanian War of Independence. Corabia also has an important archaeological museum with, inter alia, a remarkable collection of Roman pottery. From the town harbour one can make trips along the Danube, with stops at the nearby Băloi Island.

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