Tomșani, Vâlcea

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Tomșani
Commune
Coordinates: 45°05′N 24°04′E / 45.083°N 24.067°E / 45.083; 24.067Coordinates: 45°05′N 24°04′E / 45.083°N 24.067°E / 45.083; 24.067
Country Romania
County Vâlcea
First attested 1453
Component villages Bălțățeni, Bogdănești, Chiceni, Dumbrăvești, Foleștii de Jos, Foleștii de Sus, Mirești and Tomșani
Government
 • Mayor Dumitru Pearcu (since 2004)
Area
 • Total 43.37 km2 (16.75 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 4,194
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Website [1][permanent dead link] (in Romanian)

Tomșani is a commune located in Vâlcea County, Romania, about 43 km from Râmnicu Vâlcea and 5 km from Horezu. It is composed of eight villages: Bălțățeni, Bogdănești, Chiceni, Dumbrăvești, Foleștii de Jos, Foleștii de Sus, Mirești and Tomșani.

Agriculture is the main source of income. There are special traditions which have been well preserved.

Neighbours[edit]

History[edit]

A 1453 document attests the existence of the village of Foleștii de Sus, while a 1536 one mentions the villages of Tomșani and Bogdănești.

Historical monuments

  • "Three Holy Hierarchs" Church in Foleștii de Jos, built in 1767
  • "Blessed Paraskevi" Church in Foleștii de Sus, built in 1757
  • "Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel" Church in Baltățeni, built in 1773–1774

Geography[edit]

View from Foleștii de Jos village

The Bistrița River, a tributary of the Olt River, passes through the commune from north to south. The topography of the area is made of the sub-Carpathian hills; the commune is at an altitude of about 650 m.

Economy[edit]

Unlike the majority of the Romanian countryside, collectivisation under Communism did not seriously affect Tomșani, with most farmers retaining their land. Most residents work in agriculture, particularly hay, fruit and apiculture.

Tomșani has easy access by road to the national and European system from the

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