Argeș (river)

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The Argeș in Mihăilești-Cornetu
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The Argeș in Romania
CountiesArgeș, Dâmbovița, Ilfov, Giurgiu, Călărași
CitiesCurtea de Argeș, Pitești, Oltenița
Physical characteristics
SourceFăgăraș Mountains
 ⁃ elevation2,030 m (6,660 ft)
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
44°3′33″N 26°37′1″E / 44.05917°N 26.61694°E / 44.05917; 26.61694Coordinates: 44°3′33″N 26°37′1″E / 44.05917°N 26.61694°E / 44.05917; 26.61694
Length350 km (220 mi)
Basin size12,550 km2 (4,850 sq mi)
 ⁃ average73 m3/s (2,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionDanubeBlack Sea
 ⁃ leftVâlsan, Râul Doamnei, Dâmbovița
 ⁃ rightNeajlov

The Argeș (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈard͡ʒeʃ] (About this soundlisten)) is a river in Southern Romania. It is 350 km (220 mi) long, and its basin area is 12,550 km2 (4,850 sq mi).[1] Its source is in the Făgăraș Mountains, in the Southern Carpathians and it flows into the Danube at Oltenița.

The main city on the Argeș is Pitești. Upstream, it is retained by the Vidraru Dam, which has created Lake Vidraru. Its upper course, upstream of Lake Vidraru, is also called Capra.


The river is believed to be the same as Ὀρδησσός Ordessus, a name mentioned by Ancient Greek historian Herodotus.[2] The etymology of Argeș is not clear. Traditionally, it was considered that it's derived from the ancient name, through a reconstructed term, *Argessis. The capital of Dacian leader Burebista was named Argedava, but it appears that it has no link with the name for the river.[3]

An alternate etymology derives the name of the river from a Pecheneg word, transliterated into Romanian as argiș (meaning "higher ground"). The earliest recorded variants of the name, referring to the city of Curtea de Argeș (lit. "The Court on the Argeș"), also suggest a derivation from this word: Argyas (1369), Argies (1379), Arghiș (1427), the river probably taking the name of the city.[3]


The following localities are situated along the river Argeș, from source to mouth: Căpățânenii Ungureni, Căpățânenii Pământeni, Arefu, Poienarii de Argeș, Corbeni, Rotunda, Albeștii de Argeș, Curtea de Argeș, Băiculești, Merișani, Bascov, Pitești, Găești, Bolintin-Deal, Adunații-Copăceni, and Oltenița.

Hydro energy[edit]

The river Argeș and some of its tributaries are used for hydro energy.[4] The hydroelectrical system consists of several dams, lakes, tunnels and power plants.[5] The lakes built on the Argeș River are: Vidraru, Oiești, Cerbureni, Curtea de Argeș, Zigoneni, Merișani, Budeasa, Bascov, Pitești, Călinești (or Golești), Zăvoiu (near Mătăsaru), Ogrezeni and Mihăilești.[6] There are dams also on its tributaries.


The following rivers are tributaries to the river Argeș (from source to mouth):

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Danube River Basin District, Part A – Roof Report, IPCDR, p 12
  2. ^ George Ioan Brătianu, Une énigme et un miracle historique: le peuple roumain, Editura Științifică și Enciclopedică, Bucharest, 1989, p.138
  3. ^ a b Alexandru Madgearu, "Români și pecenegi în sudul Transilvaniei", in Zeno-Karl Pinter, Ioan-Marian Țiplic, Maria-Emilia Țiplic (eds.), Relații interetnice în Transilvania, Sec. VI-XIII, Editura Economică, Bucharest, p.117. ISBN 973-709-158-2.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "BAZINE HIDROGRAFICE ÎN ROMÂNIA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  6. ^ """" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.