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Orthodox Cathedral in Ardusat
Orthodox Cathedral in Ardusat
Commune Ardusat in Maramureş County
Commune Ardusat in Maramureş County
Ardusat is located in Romania
Ardusat within Romania
Country  Romania
County Maramureş County
Commune Ardusat
Historic region Transylvania
 • Mayor Vasile-Ciprian Rus (National Liberal Party)
Area 31,09 km2 (1,200 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1] 2,543
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Ardusat (Hungarian: Erdőszáda) is a commune in western Maramureş County, Romania on the banks of the Someş River, near the border with Satu Mare County. The first record of its existence dates back to 1230. It is composed of three villages: Ardusat, Arieşu de Câmp (Mezőaranyos) and Colţirea (Kolcér).

Ethnographically it belongs to "Ţara Codrului" (The Forest Land), with which it shares numerous cultural traditions. The local Ardusat Choir has been the best in Romania for decades, and has won numerous prizes at Italian, Eastern European and American contests.


In addition to the local crafts, superstitions, and folklore, other attractions for tourists include the Greek-Catholic (Uniate) Cathedral (18th Century), the ruins of the Degenfeld Castle,[2] and a 300 year-old sequoia tree. The remnants of the railroad bridge over the Someş, destroyed by the 1970 floods, can still be seen. The river has great fishing. Since 2005 Ardusat has had its own celebration, which takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday after August 15 (the Dormition of the Theotokos). The religious celebration of the cathedral is scheduled every year on January 6. This commune is composed of three villages: Ardusat, Colţirea and Arieşu de Câmp.

Sister cities


  1. ^ Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010
  2. ^ (German) - Degenfeld Castle, Maramureş County; retrieved on May 25, 2012

Further reading

  • "Ardusat, străveche vatră românească" ("Ardusat, Ancient Romanian Hearth"), by Valentin Baintan (1995)

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