Maramureş County


Maramureş County

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*Suceava County to the East.
*Satu Mare County to the West.
*Ukraine to the North - Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast and Zakarpattia Oblast.
*Sălaj County, Cluj County and Bistriţa-Năsăud County to the South.

Economy

Maramureş is known for its pastoral and agricultural traditions, largely unscathed by the industrialisation campaign that had been carried on during Romania's communist period. Ploughing, planting, harvesting, and hay making and handling are mostly done through manual labour. The county is also home to a strong mining industry of extraction of metals other than iron. The industrial plants built around Baia Mare during the communist period heavily polluted the area in the past, but recently, due to the decline of the city's industrial activity, the area is less polluted.

Tourism

The region is known for its beautiful rural scenery, local small woodwork and craftwork industry as well as for its churches and original rural architecture. There are not many paved roads in rural areas, and most of them are usually accessible.

The county's main tourist attractions:

* The cities of Baia Mare and Sighetu Marmaţiei.
* The villages on the Iza, Mara, and Vişeu Valleys.
** The Wooden Churches of Maramureş
** The Wooden Churches of Lăpuş
** The Wooden Churches of Chioar
** The Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa
* The Rodna Mountains.

Administrative divisions

The county has 2 municipalities, 11 towns, and 63 communes.

Municipalities

* Baia Mare - county seat; population: 149,735
* Sighetu Marmaţiei

Towns

* Baia Sprie
* Borşa
* Cavnic
* Dragomireşti
* Săliştea de Sus
* Seini
* Şomcuta Mare
* Târgu Lăpuş
* Tăuţii-Măgherăuş
* Ulmeni
* Vişeu de Sus

Communes

References

External links

* [http://www.sighet-online.ro Sighetu Marmaţiei Online News]
* [http://www.sighet.net Portal of Sighetu Marmaţiei]
* [http://www.ovr.ro/MM%20History%20English.html] More about Maramureş history
* [http://www.flickr.com/groups/maramures/ Photos from around the county] in the dedicated Flickr group
*ro icon [http://www.geocities.com/poienile_de_sub_munte/index.htm Poienile de sub Munte -- a website dedicated to this village]

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