Băile Govora

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Băile Govora
Town
Skyline of Băile Govora
Coat of arms of Băile Govora
Coat of arms
Băile Govora is located in Romania
Băile Govora
Băile Govora
Location of Băile Govora
Coordinates: 45°4′48″N 24°10′47″E / 45.08000°N 24.17972°E / 45.08000; 24.17972Coordinates: 45°4′48″N 24°10′47″E / 45.08000°N 24.17972°E / 45.08000; 24.17972
Country Romania
County Vâlcea County
Status Town
Government
 • Mayor Mihai Mateescu (Socialist Alliance Party)
Population (2002)
 • Total 3,147
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Cfb
Website Primăria Băile Govora
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1930 910 —    
1948 1,156 +27.0%
1956 1,590 +37.5%
1966 2,189 +37.7%
1977 2,749 +25.6%
1992 3,023 +10.0%
2002 3,147 +4.1%
2011 2,353 −25.2%
Source: Census data

Băile Govora (or just Govora) is a Romanian spa town in Vâlcea County, about 20 km (12.43 mi) south-west of Râmnicu Vâlcea and west of the Olt river, in the historical region of Oltenia. Notable features of the town (beside its mineral springs, recommended for a variety of ailments) include the Govora abbey (built in the 15th century and consolidated by Matei Basarab and later by Constantin Brâncoveanu) and the nearby Dintr-un lemn Monastery (16th or 17th century; the legend of its origin was recorded by Paul of Aleppo).

Govora Abbey was the site where Matei Basarab introduced the first printing press in Wallachia – where the first written code of laws in Romanian was published, Pravila de la Govora, in 1640.

The town administers three villages: Curăturile, Gătejești and Prajila.

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