Location of Covasna
|• Mayor||Gyerő József (UDMR)|
|• Total||155.11 km2 (59.89 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Covasna (Romanian pronunciation: [koˈvasna] (listen), Hungarian: Kovászna, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkovaːsnɒ] (listen), German: Kowasna) is a town in Covasna County, Transylvania, Romania, at an altitude of 550–600 m. It is known for its natural mineral waters and mofettas.
Demographic movement according to the censuses:
- 1567 - First mentioned in a document.
- 1880 - Covasna has flourished as a health resort since the 1880s
- 1952 - Covasna became a town.
- 1970's - Several hotels and cure centers were built in Covasna.
- 2000's - Covasna is a nationally important spa town in Romania, famous for cardiovascular treatments.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Covasna is twinned with:
- Pápa, Hungary
- Nagykanizsa, Hungary
- Gyula, Hungary
- Balatonfüred, Hungary
- Csenger, Hungary
- Călărași, Moldova
The Hungarian explorer and linguist Sándor Kőrösi Csoma was born in Chiuruș/Csomakőrös in 1784. Kőrösi is widely seen as the founder of Tibetology, he was the compiler and author of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar book. He died in Darjeeling, India in 1842.
A statue in his honour was erected in the centre of the village in 1972 and there is an exhibition in the cultural centre.
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