Lăpuș

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Lăpuș
Commune
Lăpuș is located in Romania
Lăpuș
Lăpuș
Coordinates: 47°29′44″N 24°0′25″E / 47.49556°N 24.00694°E / 47.49556; 24.00694
Country  Romania
County Maramureș County
Area 86.55 km2 (33.42 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1] 3,828
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Lăpuș (formerly Lăpușul Românesc; Hungarian: Oláhlápos) is a commune in Maramureș County, Transylvania, Romania, on the Lăpuș River, at 12 km from the town of Târgu Lăpuș. It is composed of a single village, Lăpuș. Etymologically, its name appears to come from the Hungarian lápos (i.e. "flatland, bog, muddy place"). Its existence is attested, under the name of Dragosfálva, in 1293, in an edict through which the land of Lápos is given by the king of Hungary to one Denis Tomaj, from the nation of the Patzinaks,[2] although there are traces of habitation in the area as early as the Bronze Age. It was a famous anti-communist resistance area after World War II (1949-1953).

It has a beautiful old wooden church, built at the end of the 17th century, that was restored between 2002 and 2004.

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Coordinates: 47°29′44″N 24°0′25″E / 47.49556°N 24.00694°E / 47.49556; 24.00694