Ibănești, Vaslui

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Location of Ibănești
Location of Ibănești
Coordinates: 46°23′47.6″N 27°37′27.04″E / 46.396556°N 27.6241778°E / 46.396556; 27.6241778Coordinates: 46°23′47.6″N 27°37′27.04″E / 46.396556°N 27.6241778°E / 46.396556; 27.6241778
Country Romania
County Vaslui
 • Mayor Benone Pleta
Population (2007)
 • Total 1,574
Website http://www.primariaibanesti.ro

Ibănești is a commune located in Vaslui County, Romania, with a population of approximately 1,500. It is composed of three villages: Ibănești, Mânzați and Puțu Olarului.


Among the villages that make up the commune, Mânzați is the oldest. Located seven miles from Ibănești, it was named after cneaz Toader Manzat, mentioned in chronicles of Stephen III the Great. It was first mentioned in a document issued April 24, 1434. Currently, the act is kept in the Central State Archive of Warsaw, in a section on Moldova.

Ibănești Commune was dissolved in 1968. At the time, it included Ghicani village, now part of Alexandru Vlahuță, to which Ibănești Commune was then absorbed. It was re-established in December 2003.


Mânzați church ruins

Mânzați village features the ruins of a church built around 1761, restored in 1910 and demolished after 1940.

In 1889, on land near Mânzați, researcher Grigore Ștefănescu discovered the fossilized skeleton of a Mammoth from the species Deinotherium gigantissimum. The fossil, belonging to a juvenile, is 4.5 m high and 3.5 m long. It is exhibited at Bucharest's Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, mounted in 1906 by Belgian restorer L. F. de Pauw. This copy is now one of the most important displays at the museum. In 2005, the land where it was discovered was declared a paleontological subject of national interest.


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