Avrig (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈvriɡ]; German: Freck/Fryck, Transylvanian Saxon: Freck/Fraek, Hungarian: Felek) is a town in Sibiu County, Transylvania, central Romania. It has a population of 12,815 and the first documents attesting its existence date to 1346. It officially became a town in 1989, as a result of the Romanian rural systematization program.

Avrig
Freck
Fryck
Panoramic view of Avrig/Freck
Panoramic view of Avrig/Freck
Coat of arms of Avrig
Location in Sibiu County
Location in Sibiu County
Avrig is located in Romania
Avrig
Avrig
Location in Romania
Coordinates: 45°42′29″N 24°22′29″E / 45.70806°N 24.37472°E / 45.70806; 24.37472Coordinates: 45°42′29″N 24°22′29″E / 45.70806°N 24.37472°E / 45.70806; 24.37472
CountryRomania
CountySibiu
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2024) Adrian-Dumitru David[1] (PNL)
Area
133.36 km2 (51.49 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
12,815
 • Density96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneEET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)
Vehicle reg.SB
Websiteprimaria-avrig.ro

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1992 14,965—    
2002 14,260−4.7%
2011 12,815−10.1%
2022 TBA—    
Source: Census data

At the 2011 census, 95.6% of inhabitants were Romanians, 2.1% Hungarians, 1.5% Roma, and 0.5% Germans (Transylvanian Saxons).

Administration and local politicsEdit

Town councilEdit

The town's current local council has the following multi-party political composition, based on the results of the votes cast at the 2020 Romanian local elections:[3]

    Party Seats Current Council
  National Liberal Party (PNL) 9                  
  Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (FDGR/DFDR) 3                  
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 2                  
  People's Movement Party (PMP) 2                  
  Independent (Spiridon-Gafon Ioan) 1                  

GeographyEdit

The town administers four villages: Bradu (Gierelsau; Fenyőfalva), Glâmboaca (Hühnerbach; Glimboka), Mârșa and Săcădate (Sekadaten; Oltszakadát). It is situated in the historical region of Transylvania.

It lies on the left bank of the river Olt (at the mouth of the Avrig River), close to the Făgăraș Mountains, at about 26 km (16 mi) from Sibiu on the road towards Brașov. It is the main starting point for the trekking routes in the western part of the mountains, and also on access point at a great number of chalets in the mountains: Cabana Poiana Neamțului, Cabana Bârcaciu, Cabana Ghiocelul.

EconomyEdit

Avrig SA Glass Factory, a company specialized in lime mouthblown glass, started its origins in Avrig in the 17th century.[4]

Mârșa village is the site of the Mecanica Mârșa Works, which manufactures auto-trailers and military vehicles.[5]

TourismEdit

The most important objective in the town is the Brukenthal Summer Palace built in 1771, a baroque summer residence of baron Samuel von Brukenthal, the governor of Transylvania. Also two old churches can be found there: the evangelical church, built in the 13th century and fortified in the 16th century and the orthodox church, built in the 18th century.

Bradu village features a fortified church first attested in 1315, with the last major modification in 1804.

NativesEdit

Image galleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Results of the 2020 local elections". Central Electoral Bureau. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  3. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  4. ^ http://avrigsa.ro/
  5. ^ "Umem".

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