Berca

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Berca
Commune
Location of Berca
Location of Berca
Coordinates: 45°17′N 26°41′E / 45.283°N 26.683°E / 45.283; 26.683Coordinates: 45°17′N 26°41′E / 45.283°N 26.683°E / 45.283; 26.683
Country Romania
County Buzău County
Component villages Băceni, Berca, Cojanu, Joseni, Mânăstirea Rătești, Pâclele, Pleșcoi, Pleșești, Rătești, Sătuc, Tâțârligu, Valea Nucului, Viforâta
Government
 • Mayor Marcu Valeriu (since 2004) (PNL)
Population (2002)
 • Total 9,602

Berca is a commune located in the hillside of Buzău County, Romania, in the valley of the Buzău river. It is an oil and natural gases extraction location.

The commune is composed of fifteen villages: Băceni, Berca, Cojanu, Joseni, Mânăstirea Rătești, Pâclele, Pleșcoi, Pleșești, Rătești, Sătuc, Tâțârligu, Valea Nucului and Viforâta.

Landmarks[edit]

The Muddy Volcanos

The Mud Volcanoes[edit]

The Berca Muddy Volcanos geological and botanical reservation lies in the hills that surround the commune, near the Pâclele village. Mud volcanos, a rare geological phenomenon, occurs there when mud and gas is expelled from a depth of 3 km through structures resembling real miniature volcanos.

The church of Rătești monastery

Rătești monastery[edit]

The Rătești monastery is a medieval monastery, attested by documents in the 17th century. It is an Eastern orthodox monastery of nuns, and hosts a museum exhibiting religious books and items.

Demographics[edit]

The Romanian census of 2002 reported a population of 9,602 for the Berca commune, making it one of the largest communes in the county. 99% of the inhabitants are ethnic Romanians.

Pleșcoi[edit]

Pleșcoi village is famous for its meat processing tradition. The Pleșcoi sausages are smoked mutton sausages with chili peppers and garlic. The name Pleșcoi sausages is a protected designation of origin in the European Union.

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