Location of Runcu
|Component villages||Bâlta, Bâltișoara, Dobrița, Răchiți, Runcu, Suseni, Valea Mare|
|• Mayor||Adrian Câmpeanu (since 2004)|
Runcu is a commune in Gorj County, Oltenia, Romania. It is situated on the foot of Vâlcan Mountains, 17 km West of Târgu Jiu. The commune is composed of seven villages: Bâlta, Bâltișoara, Dobrița, Răchiți, Runcu, Suseni and Valea Mare.
Runcu village was first mentioned in a document issued in 1486 by Vlad Călugărul. The dominant class of Wallachia maintained interests in the area during most of the Middle Ages. According to some sources, the local church was founded in the early 17th century by Domnița Florica, daughter of Michael the Brave, who sought refuge in Runcu after the death of her father.
Scenes from the Romanian films Bătălia din umbră (1986), Iancu Jianu, haiducul (1981), Iancu Jianu, zapciul (1980) and Ecaterina Teodoroiu (1979) were shot in Runcu village and on the nearby Sohodol Gorge.
Palta (Bâlta), now part of Runcu commune on a Josephine Map (1769-1772)
Memorial to World War I local heroes
Wine cellar on a hillside near Runcu circa 1980
Photo gallery - Sohodol River Gorge
- V. Marinoiu, "O brățară medievală aflată în colecția Muzeului Județean Gorj", Gorjeanul, 20 Sept., 2013
- Gh. Calotoiu, "Cercetările arheologice de la Runcu-Gorj", Vertical, 25 May, 2010
- D. Mustățea, "Repertoriul Descoperirilor Arhelogice din Județul Gorj" Targu Jiu, 2012
- Runcu, Gorj on National Archaeological Record of Romania