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Orfalău, Varfalău
Reformed church in Stejeriș
Reformed church in Stejeriș
Location of Moldovenești Commune
Location of Moldovenești Commune
Coordinates: 46°29′55″N 23°40′13″E / 46.49861°N 23.67028°E / 46.49861; 23.67028Coordinates: 46°29′55″N 23°40′13″E / 46.49861°N 23.67028°E / 46.49861; 23.67028
Country Romania
County Cluj County
Component villages Bădeni, Moldovenești, Pietroasa, Plăiești, Podeni, Stejeriș
 • Mayor Paul Kanyaro (since 2004) (UDMR)
 • Total 139 km2 (54 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,246
 • Density 23/km2 (60/sq mi)
Website Official website of the municipality (in Romanian) (in Hungarian)

Moldovenești (formerly Orfalău and Varfalău; Hungarian: Várfalva; German: Burgdorf) is a commune in Cluj County, Romania, 12 km southwest of Turda, in the valley of the Arieș.


The oldest record about the ancient castle at the village is from 1075, calling the place Castrum Turda (the old Turda Castle). During the Tatar invasions of Hungary in the 13th Century, most of the area around the castle was ravaged. Later, the land was given to free Székelys who moved here from the Saschiz region and the territory became part of Aranyos Seat.

Bădeni village has been the site of a crematorium since 2014.[1]


The commune was renamed Moldoveneşti in the interwar period, in honour of Ioan Micu Moldovan. The previous name, Varfalău, is derived from Várfalva, which means "village of the castle" in Hungarian.

Component villages[edit]

The commune is composed of six villages:

In Romanian In Hungarian Ethnic majority
Bădeni Bágyon Hungarians
Moldovenești Várfalva Hungarians
Pietroasa Csegez Romanians
Podeni Székelyhidas Romanians
Plăiești Kövend Hungarians
Stejeriș Kercsed Hungarians

Vălenii de Arieș (formerly Rachișul de Arieș or for short Rachiș; Aranyosrákos; Krebsbach) was a separate village until 1966, when it was absorbed into Moldovenești village.


At the 2011 census, 56.6% of inhabitants were Hungarians, 39.6% Romanians and 3.8% Roma.




  • Atlasul localităților județului Cluj (Cluj County Localities Atlas), Suncart Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, ISBN 973-86430-0-7

External links[edit]

(in Romanian) (in Hungarian) Official website of the municipality