Merișani

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Merișani
Commune
The Romanian Railways station in Merișani, built 1898
The Romanian Railways station in Merișani, built 1898
Country  Romania
County Argeș County
Population (2002)[1] 4,428
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Merișani is a commune in Argeș County, in southern central Romania. It is composed of nine villages: Borlești, Brăteasca, Capu Piscului, Crâmpotani, Dobrogostea, Malu Vânăt, Merișani, Vărzaru and Vâlcelele.

History[edit]

Humans have inhabited the area that now belongs to the commune since the Neolithic.[2] In the Middle Ages, the oldest written evidence is from 1428.[3] The church in Vărzaru village was built around 1620.[4]

Location[edit]

The commune is situated in the centre of Argeș County, at about 15 km from Pitești and 25 km to Curtea de Argeș.[5]

Geography[edit]

The commune is on the valley of the Argeș River, in a hilly region called Platforma Argeșului (in English, the Argeș Platform), part of the Getic Plateau.[6] The climate is temperate, with frequent rains. Winters are usually cold, with plenty of snow, while summers have a moderate heat.

Demographics[edit]

The official data from the 2002 Census[7] shows that the total population is of 4428 persons. The majority are Romanians (4252 or 96%). The second ethnic group are the Romani people (171 or 4%). There are 5 people with other nationalities. However, the representants of the Romani community[8] say that the Romani population is over 1200 persons.

Transportation[edit]

The main way to get to Merișani is by car. There are a national road and several county roads.[9] The railway is the other access way, but trains are very rare.[10]

Economy[edit]

There are local resources, like oil,[11] forests[12] and large lakes.[13] There is also a camp that could help tourist development.[14]

Merişani is considered, however, the poorest commune in the county.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recensământ 2002". Recensamant.referinte.transindex.ro. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  2. ^ Itinerare Argeşene, 1970 edition
  3. ^ "Home > Comuna Merișani > Date Istorice". Cjarges.ro. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ Pisania bisericii Vărzaru
  5. ^ "Home > Comuna Merișani > Prezentare Merișani". Cjarges.ro. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Geografia României". Ordogborda.hu. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Structura Etno-demografică a României". Edrc.ro. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Partida Romilor - Crede în tine ca să investim în viitorul tău" (in Romanian). Partidaromilor.ro. 1964-11-09. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  9. ^ "Micro Mapper: Home". Micromapper.ro. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Foraj". Hidraulic.ro. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  12. ^ [2] Archived May 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Hidroelectrica". Hidroelectrica.ro. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Ghidul Primariilor". Ghidulprimariilor.ro. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Merișani – cea mai săracă localitate argeșană, stă pe-o mină de aur, dar și pe un butoi cu pulbere". Ecomagazin.ro. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

Coordinates: 44°58′N 24°44′E / 44.967°N 24.733°E / 44.967; 24.733