Location in Bacău County
|Area||184.85 km2 (71.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||745 m (2,444 ft)|
|• Density||28/km2 (71/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)|
|Area code||+40 234|
Ghimeș-Făget (Hungarian: Gyimesbükk, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈɟimɛʃbykk] or sometimes Nagy-Gyimes) is a commune in Bacău County, Romania. It is the only commune in the county that lies in the historical region of Transylvania.
The commune, the seat of which is Făget village, is composed of six villages:
|In Romanian||In Hungarian||Ethnic majority|
|Făgetu de Sus||Felsőbükk||Hungarians|
The village was part of the Székely Land region of the historical Transylvania province. It was first mentioned in 1600 as Gijmes. The area of the commune belonged to Csíkszék until the administrative reform of Transylvania in 1876, when it fell within the Csík County of the Kingdom of Hungary.
The village was occupied by the Romanian army between 13 and 20 November 1918. Shortly thereafter, the Union of Transylvania with Romania was proclaimed, and the village, like the rest of Transylvania, formally passed with the Treaty of Trianon from Hungarian to Romanian control in 1920. In 1940, the Second Vienna Award granted Northern Transylvania to Hungary and the village was held by Hungary until the end of World War II until the Soviet occupation, whereafter the Romanian administration returned and the commune's status as part of Romania was formalized in 1947.
Until 1920, it was a border village between Hungary and Romania and as such, it had an important and large railway station designed by Hungarian architect Ferenc Pfaff. The main building of the station was 102m long and 13m wide, comparable in size and elegance with the railway stations of Szeged and Fiume.
In 1950, as part of a wider administrative reform, the commune was transferred from Ciuc County to Regiunea Bacău. School education in the Hungarian language was abolished in 1965. Local teacher and school director András Deáky advocated for teaching in Hungarian and re-organized it after 1990. He also established a Hungarian language library from donations of the public.
In 2011, it had a population of 5,094; out of them, 2578 (51%) were Hungarian, 2282 (45%) were Romanian, 101 (2%) were Roma and 48 (1%) were Csangos. 59% had Hungarian as first language, and 39% Romanian. As to religion, 59% of the commune population are Roman Catholic, while 39% of them belong to the Romanian Orthodox Church.
- On the right side of the Ghimeș Pass, on the pre-World War I Hungarian-Romanian border, the ruins of the Rákóczi Castle can be seen. It was built in 1626 upon the order prince Gabriel Bethlen. Later, it was strengthened several times, but today, it is in ruins.
- The old Roman Catholic church was built in 1782, its registers are kept as from 1785.
- The new Roman Catholic church was built in 1976, thanks to the efforts of parish priest Gergely Dani, it is decorated with frescoes made by Magda Lukásovics.
- In its vicinity, 3 stone landmarks of the Austro-Hungarian Empire can still be seen (beyond the Rákóczi Castle, following the ridge).
- At the foot of the Rákóczi Castle stands the railway guard house no. 30, the easternmost railway guardhouse of the pre-World War I Kingdom of Hungary.
- A Csango country house set up by the ethnographer Maria Tankó Antalné.
- Website of the Roman Catholic Parish (in Hungarian)
- Tourist accommodation (in Hungarian)
- Datasheet of local Roman Catholic Parish (in Hungarian)
- "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (in Romanian). National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- Olivér Fráter (2000/2). "Kisebbségkutatás(Minority studies)". Check date values in:
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|url=(help)Erdély román megszállása 1918-1919 (Romanian occupation of Transylvania in 1918-19) Archived 2011-12-29 at the Wayback Machine
- János András Vistai. "Tekintő – Erdélyi Helynévkönyv". Missing or empty
|url=(help)Transylvanian Toponym Book
- Tab8. Populaţia stabilă după etnie – judeţe, municipii, oraşe, comune, 2011 census results, Institutul Național de Statistică, accessed 12 February 2020.
- Tab10. Populaţia stabilă după limba maternă – judeţe, municipii, oraşe, comune, 2011 census results, Institutul Național de Statistică, accessed 12 February 2020.
- Tab13. Populaţia stabilă după religie – judeţe, municipii, oraşe, comune, 2011 census results, Institutul Național de Statistică, accessed 12 February 2020.