Ghimeș-Făget (Hungarian: Gyimesbükk, pronounced: [ˈɟimɛʃbykk], or sometimes Nagy-Gyimes) is a commune in Bacău County, Romania. It is the only commune in the county that lies in the historical region of Transylvania.

Location in Bacău County
Location in Bacău County
Ghimeș-Făget is located in Romania
Location in Romania
Coordinates: 46°35′N 26°4′E / 46.583°N 26.067°E / 46.583; 26.067Coordinates: 46°35′N 26°4′E / 46.583°N 26.067°E / 46.583; 26.067
184.85 km2 (71.37 sq mi)
745 m (2,444 ft)
 • Density28/km2 (71/sq mi)
Time zoneEET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)
Postal code
Area code+40 234
Vehicle reg.BC

Component villagesEdit

The commune, the seat of which is the village of Făget, is composed of six villages:

In Romanian In Hungarian Ethnic majority
Bolovăniș Bálványospataka Romanians
Făget Bükk Hungarians
Făgetu de Sus Felsőbükk Hungarians
Ghimeș Gyimes Hungarians
Răchitiș Rakottyástelep Romanians
Tărhăuși Tarhavaspataka Romanians


The Ghimeș pass. At the bottom: the new road and the bridge of the old road. Near the railway line: the former Austro-Hungarian customs house. Beyond it: the "Stone Nose" hill with the ruins of the Rákóczi castle
The area around 1770 (Josephine land survey)

The village was part of the Székely Land region of the historical Transylvania province. It was first mentioned in 1600 as Gijmes. The area of the commune belonged to Csíkszék until the administrative reform of Transylvania in 1876, when it fell within the Csík County of the Kingdom of Hungary.

The village was occupied by the Romanian army between 13 and 20 November 1918.[2] Shortly thereafter, the Union of Transylvania with Romania was proclaimed, and the village, like the rest of Transylvania, formally passed with the Treaty of Trianon from Hungarian to Romanian control in 1920. In 1940, the Second Vienna Award granted Northern Transylvania to Hungary and the village was held by Hungary until the end of World War II until the Soviet occupation, whereafter the Romanian administration returned and the commune's status as part of Romania was formalized in 1947.

Until 1920, it was a border village between Hungary and Romania and as such, it had an important and large railway station designed by Hungarian architect Ferenc Pfaff. The main building of the station was 102 m long and 13 m wide, comparable in size and elegance with the railway stations of Szeged and Fiume.

In 1950, as part of a wider administrative reform, the commune was transferred from Ciuc County to Regiunea Bacău. School education in the Hungarian language was abolished in 1965. Local teacher and school director András Deáky advocated for teaching in Hungarian and re-organized it after 1990. He also established a Hungarian language library from donations of the public.[3]


In 2011, it had a population of 5,094; out of them, 2578 (51%) were Hungarian, 2282 (45%) were Romanian, 101 (2%) were Roma and 48 (1%) were Csangos.[4] 59% had Hungarian as first language, and 39% Romanian.[5] As to religion, 59% of the commune population are Roman Catholic, while 39% of them belong to the Romanian Orthodox Church.[6]


  • On the right side of the Ghimeș Pass, on the pre-World War I Hungarian-Romanian border, the ruins of the Rákóczi Castle can be seen. It was built in 1626 upon the order of the prince Gabriel Bethlen. Later, it was strengthened several times, but today, it is in ruins.
  • The old Roman Catholic church was built in 1782, its registers are kept as from 1785.
  • The new Roman Catholic church was built in 1976, thanks to the efforts of parish priest Gergely Dani, it is decorated with frescoes made by Magda Lukásovics.
  • In its vicinity, 3 stone landmarks of the Austro-Hungarian Empire can still be seen (beyond the Rákóczi Castle, following the ridge).
  • At the foot of the Rákóczi Castle stands the railway guard house no. 30, the easternmost railway guardhouse of the pre-World War I Kingdom of Hungary.
  • A Csango country house set up by the ethnographer Maria Tankó Antalné.


  1. ^ "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  2. ^ Olivér Fráter (February 2000). "Kisebbségkutatás(Minority studies)". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)Erdély román megszállása 1918-1919 (Romanian occupation of Transylvania in 1918-19) Archived 2011-12-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ János András Vistai. "Tekintő – Erdélyi Helynévkönyv". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)Transylvanian Toponym Book
  4. ^ Tab8. Populaţia stabilă după etnie – judeţe, municipii, oraşe, comune, 2011 census results, Institutul Național de Statistică, accessed 12 February 2020.
  5. ^ Tab10. Populaţia stabilă după limba maternă – judeţe, municipii, oraşe, comune, 2011 census results, Institutul Național de Statistică, accessed 12 February 2020.
  6. ^ Tab13. Populaţia stabilă după religie – judeţe, municipii, oraşe, comune, 2011 census results, Institutul Național de Statistică, accessed 12 February 2020.

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