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Location of Șeica Mare
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Șeica Mare (German: Marktschelken; Hungarian: Nagyselyk) is a commune located in Sibiu County, Romania. It is composed of six villages: Boarta, Buia, Mighindoala, Petiș, Șeica Mare and Ștenea. Calvaser (Kaltwasser; Hidegvíz) was also a village until the late 20th century, when it was absorbed by Șeica Mare village.
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Buia village was first attested in a document of 1269, under the name of poss Bulla. In 1918, it had 1167 residents, of whom 736 were Romanians and the rest Germans and Hungarians. By 2002, the population was down to 634: 516 Romanians, 104 Hungarians and three Roma. The village is in the southern part of the commune, linked to Șeica Mare by an 11 km stretch of county road. Farkas Bolyai was born there in 1775.
This place is located at 46.0000 North latitude and 24.2833 East longitude. The altitude is 557 metres (1,827 ft) above the sea level.
As recently as 1975, the village had in excess of 50 houses, but was gradually deserted after the communist regime withdrew infrastructure such as teachers and doctors. As of 2004, there were only four people left in this village. There were only about ten buildings standing, including the Protestant church. The Romanian Orthodox church no longer has a roof, and trees are growing inside it.
The only economic activity there is agriculture, very much based on the traditional farming of sheep, cows and horses.
- Romanian census data, 2011; retrieved on March 17, 2012
- (in Romanian) Sate aparţinătoare at the Șeica Mare Town Hall site; accessed July 14, 2013
- Barna Szénássy, János Bolyai Appendix, p.220. Elsevier, 1987, ISBN 0-080-87249-2
- see this article
- Article in romanian language here
- see this photo taken from inside the Orthodox Church