Scornicești

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Scornicești
Town
Coat of arms of Scornicești
Coat of arms
Scornicești is located in Romania
Scornicești
Scornicești
Location of Scorniceşti
Coordinates: 44°34′12″N 24°33′0″E / 44.57000°N 24.55000°E / 44.57000; 24.55000Coordinates: 44°34′12″N 24°33′0″E / 44.57000°N 24.55000°E / 44.57000; 24.55000
Country Romania
CountyOlt County
StatusTown
Government
 • MayorConstantin Nedelea (Social Democratic Party)
Area
 • Total168.77 km2 (65.16 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Total11,766
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ClimateCfb
Websitehttp://www.primariascornicesti.ro/
The house in which Nicolae Ceaușescu was born in 1918

Scornicești (Romanian pronunciation: [skorniˈt͡ʃeʃtʲ]) is a town in Olt County, Romania with a population of 11,766. The town administers 13 villages (Bălțați, Bircii, Chițeasca, Constantinești, Jitaru, Mărgineni-Slobozia, Mihăilești-Popești, Mogoșești, Negreni, Piscani, Rusciori, Șuica and Teiuș) and has a total area of 170 km², being the locality with the largest area in the county of Olt, surpassing even its capital Slatina. Scornicești is situated in the historical region of Muntenia.

History[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1992 13,998—    
2002 13,751−1.8%
2011 11,766−14.4%
Source: Census data

Scornicești was the birthplace of communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, who lived there until the age of 11, when he left for Bucharest to become a shoemaker. During his dictatorship, Ceaușescu wanted to make Scornicești a "model town" to house the newly created "Socialist Man". Consequently, in 1988, he began his plan by demolishing the traditional village houses and replacing them with apartment buildings, and changed the town's status from "village" to "city" (however, the bulldozers did not destroy Ceauşescu's birth home, which is now one of the local attractions - see on WikiMapia).

Ceaușescu also built a large stadium (with a capacity of 18,000[1] spectators) for the local football team, FC Olt, which, with the help of the Ceaușescus, was promoted to Divizia A. Nowadays, the team plays in the Olt County Championship.

Dinel Staicu, a Romanian millionaire, announced that he is building a museum in Scornicești dedicated to Ceaușescu.

The Scornicești Solar Park power system of solar panels is located in the town.[2]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ City Council homepage in Romanian
  2. ^ "O singură firmă face curent de la Soare în România" (in Romanian). Money. 2011-06-06. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2012-01-03.