Gherăseni

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Gherăseni
Commune
Location of Gherăseni
Location of Gherăseni
Coordinates: 45°1′N 26°47′E / 45.017°N 26.783°E / 45.017; 26.783Coordinates: 45°1′N 26°47′E / 45.017°N 26.783°E / 45.017; 26.783
Country Romania
County Buzău County
Component villages Gherăseni, Cremenea, Sudiţi
Government
 • Mayor Sava Stroe (since 2004) (PRM)
Area
 • Total 56.41 km2 (21.78 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 3,629
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Postal code 127245; 127246
Website Gherăseni mayor (Romanian)

Gherăseni (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡerəˈsenʲ]) is a commune in Buzău County, Romania, 17 km south-east of Buzău, the county capital. It is composed of three villages: Gherăseni, Cremenea and Sudiţi.

Location[edit]

Gherăseni is located on the Bărăgan plain. The only river crossing the commune is Călmăţui, a tributary of the Danube.

The commune neighbours Țintești to the north, Smeeni to the east, Mihăileşti to the south, Movila Banului to the southwest, and Costeşti to the west.

History[edit]

The name Gherăseni is connected to the name of Ioan (Emanuil) Gerassy, a Greek who had obtained a licence on the boyar monopoly of manufacturing alcoholic beverages in Bucharest during the rule of Alexandru II Ghica (1834-1842). He owned Câmpineanca, Silişte and Rotunda estates, which he had bought in the late 1820s.

Rotunda estate included a large village which featured an Orthodox church. Gerassy managed to convince the inhabitants of that village to move to the present-day location of Gherăseni, 1 km away from the Cremenea village. The first people to settle in the new location apparently arrived around 1829. The Gerassy family also built a new church and a school on the spot.

In 1905, financial difficulties forced Nicolae Gerassy, Ioan's son, to sell the estates to one Stan Vasile.

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