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Bistra (Romanian: Bistra; Ukrainian: Бистрий/Bystryi; Hungarian: Petrovabisztra) is a commune in Maramureș County, Romania. The Ukrainian border is located to the north of the commune. The first documentary mention of the settlement dates to 1411.


Orthodox Church in Valea Vișeului
Orthodox Church in Valea Vișeului
Bistra Commune in Maramureș County
Bistra Commune in Maramureș County
Bistra is located in Romania
Bistra within Romania
Coordinates: 47°50′50″N 23°55′40″E / 47.84722°N 23.92778°E / 47.84722; 23.92778Coordinates: 47°50′50″N 23°55′40″E / 47.84722°N 23.92778°E / 47.84722; 23.92778
Country Romania
CountyActual Maramures county CoA.pngMaramureș County
Historic regionTransylvania
Component villagesBistra, Crasna Vișeului, Valea Vișeului
 • MayorVasile Bumbar (since 2004) (PD-L)
 • Total132.39 km2 (51.12 sq mi)
 • Total4,133
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The commune is composed of three villages: Bistra, Crasna Vișeului (Petrovakraszna) and Valea Vișeului (Visóvölgy).

Valea VişeuluiEdit

Valea Vişeului (Ukrainian: Вишiвска Дοлина) is a village in Bistra commune.

The village is located in a very attractive region. The Ukraine border with Romania is located in the north of the village. In the north-west of the village the Vișeu River joins the Tisza. The Vișeu River also separates the village into two important areas : the main part of the village - on the right bank of the Vișeu River - and Zaveschiva - on the left bank of Vișeu River. The village has two churches: an Orthodox church and a Catholic church. Valea Vișeului railway station is an important railway station in Maramureș County, the village having direct links with some of the main cities of Romania, like Bucharest, Timișoara, Cluj-Napoca or Mangalia (only in summer), and also with Ukraine - Rakhiv.


According to the 2011 census, the commune has a population of 4,133 inhabitants, of which 89% are Ukrainians and 10.5% Romanians. Because Ukrainians make up the majority of the population, the Ukrainian language is used beside Romanian for signage, education, access to justice and public services provided in both languages.


  • Valea Vişeului
    • Havrelo Clempuș, writer
    • Vasile Luțac, musician and teacher

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  Media related to Bistra at Wikimedia Commons   Media related to Valea Vişeului at Wikimedia Commons