Dej Calvinist Church
|• Mayor||Costan Morar (Social Democratic Party)|
|• Total||109.12 km2 (42.13 sq mi)|
|Population (October 20, 2011)|
|• Density||290/km2 (750/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Dej (Romanian pronunciation: [deʒ]; Hungarian: Dés; German: Desch, Burglos; Yiddish: דעעש) is a city in northwestern Romania, 60 km north of Cluj-Napoca, in Cluj County. It lies where the Someşul Mic River meets the river Someşul Mare River. The city administers four villages: Ocna Dejului (Désakna), Peştera (Pestes), Pintic (Oláhpéntek) and Şomcutu Mic (Kissomkút).
According to a legend, floating Hungarian tribes stopped for a rest at the place which would later be the location of the city.They were praying, and shouted "Deus" (God in Latin) three times. In fact, the name of the city is also the origin of the personal name, Des.The Romanian and German names of the city come from the Hungarian.
King Andrew II of Hungary raised Dés to the privileged status of a free royal town. In 1241 the city was invaded by Tatars.The old mines were exhausted by 1717; the new mines are still in operation today.Some of the galleries of the salt mine are believed to be more than 15 kilometers long. The population of Dej used to consist mostly of Transylvanian Saxons, who settled here from Germany; their number decreased over centuries.
In 1638, Dej was the site for the show trial staged against the members of the Sabbatarians (Hungarian: Szombatosok), a sect formed during the Protestant movement; they were sentenced to death.The execution took place in Beszterce (Bistriţa).
Dej was home to the Deyzh Hasidic dynasty through the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, and came to reach about a quarter of the local population. In May-June 1944, the authorities of the Kingdom of Hungary then in control of the area (see Northern Transylvania) sent the town's Jews to the Dej ghetto and deported them to Auschwitz. There is a memorial to the victims before the Dej synagogue.
|Source: Census data|
According to the 2011 Romanian census, there were 31,702 people living within the city.
Points of interest
The city's landmark is the Hungarian Reformed Church, built in the second half of the 15th century. The church displays Gothic elements carved in stone. The tower is 72 meters high, and the fortifying walls were erected in the 16th century, then torn down during a renovation in the 1880s. There is also a Franciscan monastery in Dej, which also has a large synagogue near the Reformed Church.
Other sites of interest in Dej: "Dr. Teodor Mihaly" and "Dr. Alexandru Vaida-Voevod" memorial houses and the Ocna Dej salt mine, said to be suited for the treatment of locomotor system diseases, asthenia, debility, and rachitis.
- "Comunicat de presă privind rezultatele provizorii ale Recensământului Populaţiei şi Locuinţelor – 2011" (PDF). Cluj County Regional Statistics Directorate. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
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