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About Craiova

The present City of Craiova lies within the ancient ruins of the Geto-Dac tribe of the Peli - Pelendava, dating since about 400-350 BC. The origin of the city's current name is the subject of many controverses and remains in a blur. Some say that the name means "king", but it could also mean "country" or "nation", as historians suggest.

Although, the city's name remains in uncertainty, one thing is for sure: Craiova is a pleasant and beautiful city to visit.

Among its most significant landmarks, there is the Church of Cosuna Monastery, the oldest building preserved in Craiova, dating from the 15th century, Baniei House (1699), the oldest non-religious building that exists in Craiova, and Madona Dudu Church, renowned for its mural paintings, completed by the famous Romanian painter Gheorghe Tattarescu (1818 — 1894).

Also worth visiting, there is the Art Museum, hosted in the Dinu Mihail Palace, built in the early 1900s in neo-classic style by a French architect, The Jitianu Monk Monastery, situated about 4 miles south of the city centre, featuring a rich collection of medieval art objects, and Nicolae Romanescu Park, a veritable green oasis.

Attractions can also be found in the area surrounding the city. A day trip away from Craiova could include destinations such as Targu Jiu, which is about 74 miles northwest of Craiova, "home" of Constantin Brancusi, considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture (The Table of Silence (Masa Tacerii), The Gate of the Kiss (Poarta Sarutului) and The Endless Column (Coloana Infinitului) can be admired at the Constantin Brancusi sculptural complex in downtown Targu Jiu), or the 16th century Curtea de Arges Monastery, which is 98 miles northeast of Craiova, where Romania's first two kings and queens are buried.

Did you know that:

* The majority of train locomotives in Romania originated at the Electroputere workshops in Craiova?

* The bans (nobles) had the right of coining money stamped with their own effigies, hence the name of "bani" (centimes) in Romanian language?