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The Romanian Railways station in Merişani, built 1898
The Romanian Railways station in Merişani, built 1898
Country  Romania
County Argeş County
Population (2002)[1] 4,428
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Merişani is a commune in Argeş County, in southern central Romania. It is composed of nine villages: Borleşti, Brăteasca, Capu Piscului, Crâmpotani, Dobrogostea, Malu Vânăt, Merişani, Vărzaru and Vâlcelele.


Humans existed in the aria that now belongs to the commune since Neolithic.[2] In the Middle Ages, the oldest written evidence is from 1428.[3] The church in Vărzaru village was built around 1620.[4]


The commune is situated in the centre of Argeş County, at about 15 km from Piteşti and 25 km to Curtea de Argeş.[5]


The commune is on the valley of the Argeş River, in a hilly region called Platforma Argeşului (in English, the Argeş Platform), part of the Getic Plateau.[6] The climate is temperate, with frequent rains. Winters are usually cold, with plenty of snow, while summers have a moderate heat.[7]


The official data from the 2002 Census[8] shows that the total population is of 4428 persons. The majority are Romanians (4252 or 96%). The second ethnic group are the Romani people (171 or 4%). There are 5 people with other nationalities. However, the representants of the Romani community[9] say that the Romani population is over 1200 persons.


The main way to get ot Merişani is by car. There are a national road and several county roads.[10] The railway is the other access way, but trains are very rare.[11]


There are local resources, like oil,[12] forests[13] and large lakes.[14] There is also a camp that could help touristic development.[15]

Merişani is considered, however, the poorest commune in the county.[16]


  1. ^ Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010
  2. ^ Itinerare Argeşene, 1970 edition
  3. ^ "Home > Comuna Merisani > Date Istorice". 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ Pisania bisericii Vărzari
  5. ^ "Home > Comuna Merisani > Prezentare Merisani". 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Geografia Romaniei". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Vremea in Merişani". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Structura Etno-demografică a României". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
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  12. ^ "Foraj". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
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  14. ^ "Hidroelectrica". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Ghidul Primariilor". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Merisani – cea mai saraca localitate argesana, sta pe-o mina de aur, dar si pe un butoi cu pulbere". 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

Coordinates: 44°58′N 24°44′E / 44.967°N 24.733°E / 44.967; 24.733