Băile Govora

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Băile Govora
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
 • 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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