Târgoviște (Romanian pronunciation: [tɨrˈɡoviʃte], alternatively spelled Tîrgoviște; German: Tergowisch) is a city in the region of Muntenia, Romania and the county seat of the Dâmbovița County. It is situated on the right bank of the Ialomița. At the 2011 census Târgoviște had a population of 79,610, making it the 26th largest city in Romania. One of the most important cities in the history of Wallachia, it was its capital between the early 15th century and the 16th century.
|• Mayor (2020–2024)||Cristian Stan (PSD)|
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The name Târgoviște is a Slavic name which the city acquired in the Middle Ages. It is derived from the Old Bulgarian word for "marketplace", търговище (pronounced [tɐrˈɡɔviʃtɛ]), referring to the place rather than the market itself.
The name is found in placenames not only in South Slavic areas (Bulgarian Търговище, Serbian Трговиште and Croatian Veliko Trgovišće), but also in West Slavic such as Slovak Trhovište or Polish Targowica. Additionally, places with the same name are found in Romania, in the regions of Oltenia, Banat, and Moldavia.
The Romanian and Bulgarian towns with the same name are also twinned.
The area of Târgoviște which was first inhabited is located where the Saint Nicholas-Geartoglu Church and Stelea Veche Church stand today. It was in this place that the first fortifications were built: a small stone building surrounded by a brick wall and a moat, probably belonging to a local ruler. However, archaeological evidence is scarce and it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when it was erected.
Another nucleus of the city was built by Saxon colonists from Transylvania, in the area where the Catholic Saint Mary Church is located, a church that was built during the early years of the colony. A local tradition says that the church was built in 1300. The colonists came around the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century, the same period that Câmpulung was colonized. There is archeological evidence that the land occupied by the new colonists had been previously inhabited by locals, which leads to the conclusion that it had been approved by the local ruler.
The colonists influenced the local administration, as Târgoviște was the only town in Wallachia that had Transylvanian organization features, having official titles such as birău and folnog, which are found in documents together with local officials, like vornic and pristav. The town had a night watch which was also known by a Latin term (viglu < vigilia) instead of the local terms such pază or strajă. Under Mircea the Elder (1383–1419), Târgoviște became the third capital of Wallachia.
After 1400, the town began to grow and become denser. In both the Saxon part (around the stronghold) and the Romanian part, there were several large dwellings with cellars and cocklestoves similar to those found in Central Europe. The wealth is also known based on the number of treasure troves discovered, the largest being a hoard of 6284 silver coins, found in the Saxon part of the town. The town gravitated around the Saxon part, this being valid until the Saxon community began its decline during the 16th century.
Capital of WallachiaEdit
In the 14th century, the capital of Wallachia was Curtea de Argeș, however, due to Târgoviște's economic growth, toward the end of the century, it became a secondary residence of the Wallachian hospodar. In 1396, Bavarian traveler Johann Schiltberger mentions both Curtea de Argeș and Târgoviște as capitals of Wallachia. While Mircea I lived in Curtea de Argeș, Michael I, Mircea's son and co-prince lived in Târgoviște, where he continued to live even as a single ruler. Dan II preferred Curtea de Argeș and he was the last hospodar to rule from that city, the court being finally moved to Târgoviște by Alexandru Aldea in 1431.
Throughout the period it was the capital of Wallachia, the Princely Court in Târgoviște (Curtea Domnească din Târgoviște) had been constantly refurbished and extended. The compound was surrounded by stone walls and a moat and a new church and a tower had been built. Vlad III Dracula ("the Impaler") later added the Chindia Tower, now a symbol of the city.
Starting with 1465, for the next two centuries, the rulers alternated the capital between Târgoviște and Bucharest, often on political reasons, as the former was preferred by the rulers who were more friendly toward Transylvania and the King of Hungary. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, Târgoviște was a major trade hub, especially with Poland, Brașov and Sibiu.
By the 16th century, the Romanians became majority in the city, as some Saxons left for Transylvania and others were assimilated. Greeks merchants began to settle in the city, especially after 1500, while Greek monks settled in the nearby Dealu and Panaghia.
As the capital of Wallachia, Târgoviște faced numerous sieges and invasions. In 1395, it was sieged and set on fire by Bayezid I. In 1457, the townsfolk of Târgoviște were punished by Vlad III Dracula for their involvement in the assassination of his brother: the elite of city was killed, while the young people were sent to work at his Poenari Castle.
The Ottoman invasion of 1462 did not reach the city, being prevented by Vlad III through The Night Attack. In 1476, the city was taken by Stephen V Báthory following a fifteen-day siege intended to restore Vlad to the throne. Several other battles were fought near the city during the rules of Neagoe Basarab and Radu of Afumați.
Târgoviște was the site of the trial and execution of Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on 25 December 1989 during the Romanian Revolution.
One village, Priseaca, is administered by the city.
In 2011, there were 79,610 inhabitants. According to the 2002 census, 96.6% of the inhabitants were Romanians and 2.84% Roma people.
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Today, the city is served by multiple stations:
- Targoviste (south-west of the town)
- Romlux halt (north-west)
- Teiș halt (former Targoviste-Vest) (north)
- Târgoviște Nord station (north-east)
- Valea Voievozilor halt (east).
The railway station is open for both passenger traffic - with sales / reservation office and electronic ticketing machine - and merchandise traffic. Local halts serves the large industrial operators of the city - Mechel, Oțelinox, Upet, Erdemir, Romlux, Rondocarton.
Located at a crossroads of ancient trade routes, the city can be easily approached from all sides. Targoviste Municipality is located approximatively 80 kilometres (50 miles) north-west of Bucharest, with a convenient access to Otopeni International Airport Henri Coanda (located in the north of Bucharest).
|DN 71||Tărtășești — Târgoviște — Pucioasa — Sinaia|
|DN 72||Găești — Târgovişte — Ploiești|
|DN 72A||Târgoviște — Câmpulung|
Also, a number of county roads pass the city:
- DJ 711 Târgovişte — Bujoreanca
- DJ 712 Târgovişte — Șotânga — Vulcana-Pandele — Brănești — Pucioasa
- DJ 718A Târgovişte — Mănăstirea Dealu
- DJ 719 Târgovişte — Valea Voievozilor
- DJ 721 Târgovişte — Colanu — Văcărești — Perșinari — Gura Șuții — Produlești —Costești Deal
In the city, public transport is provided by Public Transport and include bus and maxi-taxi. From 1995 until 2005, trolleybuses operated in the city. In 2005 was developed and modernized public transport, Public Transport making passenger transport company in public-private partnership.[dubious ]
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
The city has one football club, FC Chindia Târgoviște which plays in the first tier of Romanian football, the Liga I.
- Grigore Alexandrescu (1810–1885), poet
- Vasile Atanasiu (1886–1964), general
- Tony Bulandra (1881–1943), actor
- Ioan Alexandru Brătescu-Voinești (1868–1946), writer
- Cornel Dinu (born 1948), football player
- Ion Heliade Rădulescu (1802–1872), writer, philologist, politician
- Laurențiu Ion (born 1991), poet
- Theodor Stolojan (born 1943), economist, politician
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Media related to Târgoviște at Wikimedia Commons
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article "Tîrgovishtea".|
- A presentation of the Medieval Princely Court of Târgovişte – includes 25 contemporary photos, 3 ancient images, 2 layouts, a reconstruction of the Court, bibliography and many other info (in Romanian and in English).
- Museums of Targoviste and of Dambovita county (in Romanian)
- City Hall site
- Local Community Social Network