Reformed Church in Crasna
Commune Crasna in Sălaj County
|• Mayor||Pop Emeric (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania)|
|Area||67.12 km2 (25.92 sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Crasna or Kraszna (Romanian: Crasna; Hungarian: Kraszna) is a commune in Sălaj County, northwestern Romania. It lies 14 km northwest of Zalău and 11 km southeast of Șimleu Silvaniei, on the Crasna River. It is composed of four villages: Crasna, Huseni (Krasznahosszúaszó), Marin (Máron) and Ratin (Ráton).
Its name originates from the Slavic word krasna, meaning "beautiful". The village was first mentioned in 1213, as Karasna. It had a castle which was still inhabited in the 17th century. It was the county seat of the historical Kraszna county of the Kingdom of Hungary until 1876. Later it belonged to the Kraszna district of Szilágy county until the Treaty of Trianon, which gave it to Romania.
- In 1910 it had 3884 residents, with a significant Hungarian majority (3790 people). In 2002, the commune had 6373 inhabitants: 63.8% Hungarians, 28% Romanians and 8.1% Roma. 53.1% were Reformed, 30% Romanian Orthodox, 9.4% Baptist, 2.1% each Seventh-day Adventist and Greek-Catholic and 1.7% Roman Catholic.
- In 2002 it had 6,373 inhabitants .
Sights to see
- Reformed church, built in the late 14th century; with 4 spires and a painted sunken panel ceiling which was made in the 17th century.
- Reformed Church in Ratin
- Orthodox Church in Crasna
- Greek Catholic Church in Marin
- Lake Vârşolţ
- Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010
- welcometoromania.ro - Reformed Church in Crasna, Sălaj County, retrieved on May 11, 2012