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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
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