- Roman, Romania
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Roman ( _hu. Románvásár), is a middle-sized city in the middle area of Moldavia, a region of
Romania. It is located 46 km east of Piatra Neamţ, in the Neamţ Countyat the confluence of Siretand Moldova rivers.
It is thought that the name was taken from
Moldavian Voivode Roman I of Moldavia, believed to be its founder.ww Roman's first son was Alexandru cel Bun.
* 1234 An official
Roman Catholicact mentions a "Schismatic" ( Eastern Orthodox) Bishopricon the spot.
* The earliest appearance of the name "Roman", in the "
Novgorod Chronicle" (dated between 1387 and 1392).
* 1355 The first Armenian Orthodox church, more of a wooden chapel, is probably built on the place where the modern Armenian church sits.
* 1392 The city is mentioned in a Moldavian document, signed by Moldavia's Voivode Roman I, on
March 30. The document is one of the first of documents of the then-young state of Moldavia, being the first which holds a fully legible version of the Moldavia seal, bearing the aurochs, the moon, the star, and the flower, still in use on Coat of Arms of Moldova.
* 1408 On
September 14, Alexandru cel Bun established a new Bishopric.
* 1412 The representatives of the Catholic population of Roman, shepherded by the Bishop of
Baia, attend the Council of Constance.
* Ştefan cel Mare build a new stone fortress on the left bank of the Siret river, to replace the old earthen one.
* 1458, 1465, 1488 Ştefan cel Mare's official acts mention the
Cathedralof Saint Paraskeva(Paraschiva) in Roman.
* 1467 The fortress resisted the siege of the Hungarian army under King
* 1476 An Ottoman army, led by
Mohamed II, besieged the new fortress, with the Moldavians retreating after the Battle of Valea Albă.
Petru Rareşordered the construction of a new episcopal seeon the same spot.
* 1561 - 1563 The last mention of the old fortress, under Despot Vodă (
Ioan Iacob Heraclid).
* 1562 Ioan Belusiuş, an agent of the
Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand I, writes his master from Roman, reporting the restoration of the Catholics' rights under Despot-Vodă (after the severe limitations under Alexandru Lăpuşneanu).
Ruxandra Lăpuşneanubuilds a church dedicated to the Holy Virgin ("Precista Mare") on the same spot the omonim church is placed today.
* 1595 The church "Sfinţii Voievozi" is built.
* 1610 The current Armenian Orthodox Church is built.
* 1623 The
Franciscanmissionary Andreas Bogoslavici writes to Rome, describing Roman Catholics as Hungarian that understood and used Romanian. The Catholics appear to have a church dedicated to Saint Peter.
* 1641 The
Vicarof Sofia, passing through Roman, counts 1,500 Eastern Orthodox, 450 Armenian Orthodox and 30 Hungarian Catholics. The Armenians had their own church, in place to this day.
* 1665 - 1671 Bishop
Dosofteiof Roman translated the Psalterinto Romanian.
Dumitraşcu Cantacuzino, destroyed Roman fortress together with all other Moldavian fortresses, following Ottoman command.
* 1691 In December,
Miron Costin, one of the first historians and writers in Romanian, is decapitated in Roman on the orders of Prince Constantin Cantemir( Dimitrie Cantemir's father). Costin was in custody, being carried from Bărboşi to Iaşi, where he hoped to prove his innocence; a few days earlier, the chronicler's brother had been killed in Iaşi, being believed to have tried obtaining the throne for himself. The statue marking the spot is now obscured by a blue glass pyramid near the Roman Hotel.
* 1787 The current "Precista Mare" church is built.
* 1798 The first hospital is built on the place where the Municipal Hospital "Precista Mare" is placed today.
* 1817 Talmud Torah, one of the first Jewish schools in
Principality of Moldova, is inaugurated, an important event in itself as Moldova did not grant citizenship to Jews.
* 1869 The second railway in united Romania opens (December), running from Roman to
Iţcani(northern railway station of Suceava). On December 15the Roman railway station, still in use today, was opened to the public.
* 1870 On
December 27, the Bucharestto Roman railway - through Buzău, Brăila, Galaţi, Tecuciand Mărăşeşti- was opened to the public. It was to close for two years due to technical problems, but was reestablished on September 13, 1872.
* 1872 After a reluctant government gave its long-waited approval, the first high school of the city, "Roman-Vodă", was opened on
September 30in the building that is still in use today as that of School No. 1.
* 1897 The government approved the construction of a new building for the "Roman-Vodă" High School.
* 1957 The steel tubes
factory, nowadays Mittal Steel Roman S.A., started production. Today, it is the top producer in Romania.
* 1962 The Museum of Natural Sciences was founded.
* 1968 Roman lost the county capital status. The greater part of Roman county is included in the new
Neamţ Countyand other parts were included in Iaşi, Vaslui and Bacău counties) as part of Nicolae Ceauşescu's administrative reform. Despite efforts by some citizen organisation after the fall of communism, no change is foreseeable.
* 1993 The statue of Roman I, now a symbol of the city, was erected near the City Hall.
* 2004 A statue of Ştefan cel Mare was erected at the city's southern entrance.
* Max (Marcel) Blecher
Ion Ionescu de la Brad
* [http://roman-romania.com Photo gallery]
* [http://orasulroman.s5.com/photo.html Another photo gallery]
* [http://www.ziarulderoman.ro/ Ziarul de Roman - Local newspaper]
* [http://www.romanianjewish.org/en/mosteniri_ale_culturii_iudaice_03_11_03.html History of Roman Jews]
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