Murfatlar


Murfatlar
Murfatlar
—  Town  —
Location of Murfatlar
Coordinates: 44°10′25″N 28°24′30″E / 44.17361°N 28.40833°E / 44.17361; 28.40833Coordinates: 44°10′25″N 28°24′30″E / 44.17361°N 28.40833°E / 44.17361; 28.40833
Country  Romania
County Constanţa County
Status Town
Government
 - Mayor Gheorghe Cojocaru (Democratic Liberal Party)
Area
 - Total 69.25 km2 (26.7 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 - Total 10,857
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primaria-murfatlar.ro/

Murfatlar (Romanian pronunciation: [murfatˈlar]) is a town in Constanţa County, Romania.

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Etymology

The name of the town originates from the Turkish word murvet (meaning "generous man").[1]

Between 1921 and 1965, and from 1975 to 2007, the locality was known as Basarabi. On June 26, 2007 the lower house of Romania's Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, approved a proposal to have the name changed back to Murfatlar,[2] which was also ratified by the Senate and promulgated by the president of Romania on December 20, 2007.[3]

Administration

Murfatlar is a port on the Danube-Black Sea Canal and has a population of 11,070. A complex of caves was found carved in the hills nearby, see the Basarabi Cave Complex.

The village of Siminoc (historical name: Turc-Murfat) is administered by the town of Murfatlar. The name of the village comes from the flower Helichrysum arenarium (siminoc in Romanian), which can be found abundantly in the area.[4]

The famous Murfatlar Vineyard and Basarabi Cave Complex are located nearby.

Famous natives

Murfatlar is the birth place of the current Romanian president, Traian Băsescu.

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External links

References

  1. ^ (Romanian) Murfatlar's History, Murfatlar City Hall, accessed on June 23, 2008
  2. ^ (Romanian) România Liberă, Oraşul natal al lui Băsescu nu se mai numeste Basarabi, ci Murfatlar (Băsescu's hometown is no longer called Basarabi, but Murfatlar), June 26, 2007
  3. ^ (Romanian) Law No. 370/21.12.2007 regarding the name change of town of Basarabi, Constanţa County, into Murfatlar, Chamber of Deputies, accessed June 23, 2008
  4. ^ (Romanian) Murfatlar's History, Murfatlar City Hall, accessed on June 23, 2008



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