Drăgășani

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Drăgășani
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Drăgășani
Coat of arms
Drăgășani is located in Romania
Drăgășani
Drăgășani
Location of Drăgășani
Coordinates: 44°39′40″N 24°15′38″E / 44.66111°N 24.26056°E / 44.66111; 24.26056Coordinates: 44°39′40″N 24°15′38″E / 44.66111°N 24.26056°E / 44.66111; 24.26056
Country  Romania
County Vâlcea County
Status Municipality
Government
 • Mayor Cristian Nedelcu (Social Democratic Party)
Area
 • Total 44,57 km2 (1,721 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 22,948
 • Density 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primariadragasani.ro/

Drăgășani (Romanian pronunciation: [drəɡəˈʃanʲ], archaic English: Dragashan) is a city in Vâlcea County, Romania, near the right bank of the Olt river, and on the railway between Caracal and Râmnicu Vâlcea. The city is well known for the vineyards on the neighboring hills that produce some of the best Wallachian wines.

The city administers four villages: Capu Dealului, Valea Caselor, Zărneni and Zlătărei.

History[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1900 4,398 —    
1912 6,710 +52.6%
1930 7,002 +4.4%
1948 9,737 +39.1%
1956 9,963 +2.3%
1966 11,589 +16.3%
1977 15,647 +35.0%
1992 22,126 +41.4%
2002 22,499 +1.7%
2011 16,681 −25.9%
Source: Census data

Drăgășani stands on the site of the Daco-Roman Rusidava. On 19 June 1821, during the Greek War of Independence, the Ottomans routed the Filiki Eteria troops of Alexander Ypsilantis near the city in the Battle of Dragashani. There Tudor Vladimirescu fought with his Panduri, revolutionary fighters consisting mainly of peasants and not armed with firepower, against the Turks.

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