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Pitesti was a temporary home for various historical personalities, such as Basarab Tepelus cel Tanar, Mihnea cel Rau and Vlad cel Tanar, and has evolved gradually from a village to a bargain town, finally reaching the the city title, at the beginning of the 14th century, first appearing as a city in a book written by Vladut, in April, 1510.
First starting with a few churches, a monastery and about 200 houses, Pitesti has consistently developed, by 1746, the number of the houses rising to 250, and by 1824, to 700, by 1859, that number being more than double.
Today, Pitesti has a population of more than 166 000 inhabitants, and numerous buldings throughout its area, both modern and historical, being recognized as one of the most industrialized cities in Romania.
It has large green areas and natural parks, and it is surrounded by hills, being the center of an area rich in wineries and plum orchards. It is home to the renowned beverage "tuica de Pitesti", and Stefanesti winery, which is one of the best known in Romania, is situated on the opposite bank of the Arges River.
As the institutional - administrative and cultural center of the Arges county, Pitesti municipality hosts numerous cultural institutions, museums, churches and monuments, including: the Philharmonic, the County Museum and the first digital planetarium of education type in Romania, "Alexandru Davila" Theatre, the County Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, Students House, "Ars Nova" Chamber Choir, Folk Ensemble "Dorul", and many other cultural attractions.
Less said, Pitesti is a wonderful historical and cultural city, with plenty to offer visitors!
Interesting facts about Romania:
>> The Palace of Parliament, located in Bucharest, ranks as the biggest office building in Europe and second-largest in the world, after the U.S. Pentagon.
>> Romania has the second largest underground glacier in Europe (in terms of volume) - the 3500-year old Scarisoara glacier, located in the Bihor Mountains.
>> Romania has the second-largest outdoor museum in the world - Astra Museum in Sibiu, comprising more than 300 buildings.
>> Insulin was discovered by a Romanian physiologist.
>> Romania features the youngest continental land (Danube Delta) in Europe.