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The Bánffy Castle
The Bánffy Castle
Location of the settlement on Cluj County map
Location of the settlement on Cluj County map
Bonțida is located in Romania
Location on Romania map
Coordinates: 46°54′N 23°48′E / 46.900°N 23.800°E / 46.900; 23.800Coordinates: 46°54′N 23°48′E / 46.900°N 23.800°E / 46.900; 23.800
Country  Romania
County Cluj County
Status Commune
Settled 1263
Commune seat Bonțida
Villages Bonțida, Coasta, Răscruci, Tăușeni
 • Mayor Emil Cărhaț (PNL)
 • Total 80.38 km2 (31.03 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,856
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) +40 x64[2]

Bonțida (Romanian pronunciation: [bonˈt͡sida]; Hungarian: Bonchida, pronounced [ˈbont͡shidɒ], transl. "Bonc's bridge"; German: Bonisbruck) is a commune in Cluj County, Romania. It is known as the home of a Baroque castle owned by the Bánffy family (of which Miklós Bánffy was a member); partly destroyed during World War II and neglected by the communist regime in Romania, it is currently being restored.

The Bánffy family had another castle in Răscruci, which is part of Bonțida and also the birthplace of poet Albert Wass. The Răscruci castle features in the reminiscences of an English governess, Florence Tarring, who worked for one of the branches of the Bánffy family during the First World War (1914-1919).[3]

The commune is composed of four villages: Bonțida, Coasta (Gyulatelke), Răscruci (Válaszút) and Tăușeni (Marokháza).


According to the census from 2002 there was a total population of 4,722 people living in this town. Of this population, 65.07% are ethnic Romanians, 19.10% are ethnic Hungarians and 15.75% ethnic Romani.[4]


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  1. ^ (in Romanian) Populația stabilă după etnie - județe, municipii, orașe, comune, National Institute of Statistics; accessed January 14, 2016
  2. ^ x is a digit indicating the operator: 2 for the former national operator, Romtelecom, and 3 for the other ground telephone networks
  3. ^ Florence Tarring (2010). Elizabeth Watson, ed. Miss Tarring's War. ISBN 978-1-921586-20-0. 
  4. ^