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Location of Sântana
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Sântana (Romanian pronunciation: [sɨnˈtana]; German: Neusanktanna; Hungarian: Újszentanna) is a town in north-western Romania, in the county of Arad. It had 12,936 inhabitants as of 2002. The town is situated in the northern part of the Aradului Plateau, at a 29 km distance from the county capital (Arad). Declared a town in 2003, it administers one village, Caporal Alexa (Erdőskerek).
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According to the 2011 census the population of the town counts 10725 inhabitants. From an ethnic point of view it has the following structure: 84.89% are Romanians, 9.57% Roma, 3.14% Germans, 2.07% Hungarians and 0.4% are of other or undeclared nationalities. 79.6% are Romanian Orthodox, 11.5% Pentecostal, 5.5% Roman Catholic and 1.2% Baptist.
The first documentary record of the locality under the name Sântana goes back to the year 1828. The settlement is the result of the continuous development of Comlăuș, a locality mentioned already in 1334. Caporal Alexa was mentioned in 1334 when it was called Kerecton. Until 1926, it was called Cherechiu, which is still its colloquial name.
Although the economy of the town is prevalent agricultural, the secondary and tertiary economic sectors have also developed recently. Sântana is an important centre of vineyards.
Its status as a significant road and railway junction can be used also for the promotion and improvement of the tourism. The specific architecture, the historical and architectural monuments as the "Convictului" building, the copyhold house and the fortifications called "Cetatea veche" are only a few of the locality's touristic sights.
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