University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova 
 Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 
 Romanian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 
 Romanian Association for the Study of Liver
 24-27 September 2003

The 9th Romanian Congress of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Digestive Endoscopy
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An ancient fortified residence of Romanian princes - The Bans -, Craiova, the most important southern Romanian city after the capital Bucharest, is nowadays a large commercial, industrial, cultural and university centre, a modern and dynamic 300,000 inhabitants city.
Located in Jiu's Valley, Craiova - the historical capital of Oltenia Region- is situated in this region's centre at 230 km from Bucharest on the route to Timisoara, being an important cross-roads of the pathways between the Far East and Central Europe.
Glorious Get fortress in ancient history - Pelendava, with archaeologically proved Neolithic origin 7500 years old, the site became an important fortress during the Roman Empire's government, and in the Middle Age, became the residence of the Bans - Princes, the second military and political position after the Kings at that time.
At the turn of the XIX-th Century important changes occurred. New public utility representative buildings were erected, with a remarkable architecture, like The Minerva Hotel -in Spanish Arabian style, The Bank of Commerce, The Governor's House, The Palace of Justice.
The Jean-Michael Palace - the actual Art Museum - exhibits a part of the original collection of the great Romanian sculpturor, Constantin Brâncusi, world-wide known personality who was born is this area. He studied and developed his talent in the Craiova's School of Arts before go in Paris.
Craiova is also the birthplace of Henri Coanda - one of the jet plane creators - and of Nicolae Titulescu, the Romanian External Affairs Minister, elected Chairman of the Nations' League between the two world wars.
An important cultural centre, with a theatre tradition since 1850, The National Theatre of Craiova is one of the best-known theatre in the world and the most representative of all Romanian theatres in the South.
The city is south bordered by the Romanescu Park, a romantic scenery work achieved between 1901-1902 based on the project of a French designer and architect E. Redont. This park is nowadays one of the largest natural south-eastern European park, covering almost 1 square mile with rare species of trees, a beautiful suspended bridge over a peaceful lake and a zoo.
Surrounded by large wine producing regions like Craiova Hills and Segarcea, Craiova is also famous for its grape brandy and wine. Cellars and wine-tasting traditional pubs expect visitors with great hospitality.
Catering industry has recently developed in this modern and traditional city, offering tourists a wide range of entertainment.
We are looking forward to your visit in our town.

    Prof. Tudorel Ciurea
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