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|Coordinates: 47°13′N 27°49′E / 47.217°N 27.817°ECoordinates: 47°13′N 27°49′E / 47.217°N 27.817°E|
|• Mayor||Alexandru Ambros|
|• Total||16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Ungheni (Romanian pronunciation: [uŋˈɡenʲ]) is a municipality 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.
The first historical mention of Ungheni dates to 20 August 1462. A railway between Ungheni and Chișinău 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
Gustave Eiffel bridge
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.
- Expresul de Ungheni
- Euronova TV
- Radio Chişinău 93.8 FM
- Vocea Basarabiei 100.1 FM
- Anatolie Arhire
- Constantin Bejenaru
- Alexandr Braico
- Eugen Carpov
- I. A. L. Diamond
- Natalia Munteanu
Twin towns – Sister cities
Ungheni is twinned with:
- Auce, Latvia
- Dmitrovsk, Russia
- Konin, Poland
- Reghin, Romania
- Vasylkiv, Ukraine
- Winston-Salem, United States
- Mankato, United States
- Cascais, Portugal
Mihai Eminescu statue
- ^ Results of Population and Housing Census in the Republic of Moldova in 2014: "Characteristics - Population (population by communes, religion, citizenship)" (XLS). National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova. 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
- ^ LEGE Nr. 248 din 03.11.2016 pentru modificarea și completarea Legii nr. 764-XV din 27 decembrie 2001 privind organizarea administrativ-teritorială a Republicii Moldova (in Romanian)
- ^ Sister Cities Winston-Salem. City of Winston-Salem.
- ^ Winston-Salem, NC Archived 23 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Interactive City Directory. Sister Cities International, Inc.
- 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