Liești

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For the village with the same name in the same county, see Priponeşti. For the village in Vrancea County, see Slobozia Bradului.
Liești
Commune
Liești is located in Romania
Liești
Liești
Location of Liești
Coordinates: 45°48′24″N 27°30′33″E / 45.80667°N 27.50917°E / 45.80667; 27.50917Coordinates: 45°48′24″N 27°30′33″E / 45.80667°N 27.50917°E / 45.80667; 27.50917
Country Romania
County Galați County
Status Commune
Government
 • Mayor Iulian Boț (National Liberal Party)
Area
 • Total 89.12 km2 (34.41 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 11,138
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website [1]
St Nicholas Church, Lieşti

Liești is a commune in eastern Romania, the third-largest commune of Galați County, on the confluence of the Siret and Bârlad rivers, very close to Tecuci (28 km) and Galați (52 km). It is composed of two villages, Liești and Șerbănești. The latter is the southernmost part of the commune.

Name[edit]

The name of the commune appears to be derived from Ilie, which means Elijah, probably a local, which seems to be the brother of Șerban, the father of Șerbănești.

History[edit]

The first mention of the village dates from 1448, when in the prince of Moldavia, Petru II, who gives as a gift to the local nobleman Cernat Ploscarul and to his brother, Ștefu, 40 villages and fields among which appear Liești and Șerbănești.

Tourist sights[edit]

Liești has several Romanian Orthodox churches – St. Parascheva (c. 1886), Dormition of the Virgin (1889), and St. Nicholas (built after 1990)- the seat of the Protopopiate (archpriest's district) of Nicorești. Other attractions include the acacia forests near the village (especially in May) and the picturesque valleys of the rivers Siret and Bârlad.

Education[edit]

Lieşti has four schools: one which teaches until the tenth grade, and three that teach until the eighth grade. Liești also has four kindergartens and a 14,000-volume public library.

Economy[edit]

The village has a sugar factory (Lemarco Bucharest), but the majority of the population works in local agriculture or in siderurgy at the Siderurgical Combinate Mittal Steel from Galați. Beginning around 2000, many people from the region have gone to work in Italy or Spain, where wages are higher.

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