Ungheni

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Ungheni
City
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Ungheni is located in Moldova
Ungheni
Ungheni
Location within Moldova
Coordinates: 47°13′N 27°49′E / 47.217°N 27.817°E / 47.217; 27.817Coordinates: 47°13′N 27°49′E / 47.217°N 27.817°E / 47.217; 27.817
Country  Moldova
County Ungheni District
Government
 • Mayor Alexandru Ambros
Area
 • Total 16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 30,804
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Website http://ungheni.md/

Ungheni (Romanian pronunciation: [uŋˈɡenʲ]) is a municipality[2] in Moldova. With a population of 35,157, it is the seventh largest town in Moldova and the seat of Ungheni District.

There is a bridge across the Prut and a border checkpoint to Romania. There is another border town with the same name in Romania (Ungheni, Iași), on the other side of the Prut River.

History[edit]

The first historical mention of Ungheni dates to 20 August 1462. A railway between Ungheni and Chişinău was built in 1875 by Russia in preparation for the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). After World War II, the rail route through Ungheni became the main connection between the USSR and Romania.

Features and attractions[edit]

Gustave Eiffel bridge[edit]

In 1876 after the spring flooding of the river Prut, the railway bridge that linked Moldova and Romania was almost destroyed. The Railways Department invited Gustave Eiffel to Bessarabia (Moldova) to redesign and rebuild the bridge. Today, it remains a strategic structure under the supervision of border guards.

Media[edit]

Natives[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1959 12,595—    
1970 19,558+55.3%
1979 27,062+38.4%
1989 37,788+39.6%
2004 35,311−6.6%
2012 est.38,100+7.9%

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Ungheni is twinned with:

Consulates[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  • Brezianu, Andrei and Spânu, Vlad (eds.) (2007) "Ungheni" Historical Dictionary of Moldova (2nd ed.) Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, USA, p. 371, ISBN 978-0-8108-5607-3