Bonțida (Romanian pronunciation: [bonˈt͡sida]; Hungarian: Bonchida, pronounced [ˈbont͡shidɒ], transl. "Bonc's bridge"; German: Bonisbruck) is a commune in Cluj County, Transylvania, Romania. It is known as the home of a Baroque castle owned by the Bánffy family (of which Miklós Bánffy was a member); partly destroyed during World War II and neglected by the communist regime in Romania, it is currently being restored.

Bonțida
The Bánffy Castle
The Bánffy Castle
Location in Cluj County
Location in Cluj County
Bonțida is located in Romania
Bonțida
Bonțida
Location in Romania
Coordinates: 46°54′N 23°48′E / 46.900°N 23.800°E / 46.900; 23.800Coordinates: 46°54′N 23°48′E / 46.900°N 23.800°E / 46.900; 23.800
CountryRomania
CountyCluj
Established1263
SubdivisionsBonțida, Coasta, Răscruci, Tăușeni
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2024) Emil Cărhaț[1] (PNL)
Area
80.38 km2 (31.03 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
4,856
 • Density60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneEET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)
Area code+40 x64
Vehicle reg.CJ
Websitewww.comunabontida.ro

The Bánffy family had another castle in Răscruci, which is part of Bonțida and also the birthplace of poet Albert Wass. The Răscruci castle features in the reminiscences of an English governess, Florence Tarring, who worked for one of the branches of the Bánffy family during the First World War (1914-1919).[3]

The commune is composed of four villages: Bonțida, Coasta (Gyulatelke), Răscruci (Válaszút) and Tăușeni (Marokháza).

DemographicsEdit

According to the census from 2002 there was a total population of 4,722 people living in this town. Of this population, 65.07% are ethnic Romanians, 19.10% are ethnic Hungarians and 15.75% ethnic Romani.[4]

NativesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Results of the 2020 local elections". Central Electoral Bureau. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  3. ^ Florence Tarring (2010). Elizabeth Watson (ed.). Miss Tarring's War. ISBN 978-1-921586-20-0.
  4. ^ "Structura Etno-demografică a României".