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Subject: Gănești, Prefect (Romania), György Ligeti, Mureș County, Adămuș
Collection: Cities in Romania, Monotowns in Romania, Populated Places in Mureș County
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Târnava-Mică County Prefecture, formerly Kis-Küküllő County Hall
Târnava-Mică County Prefecture, formerly Kis-Küküllő County Hall
Coat of arms of Târnăveni
Coat of arms
Târnăveni is located in Romania
Location of Târnăveni
Country  Romania
County Mureş County
Status Municipality
 • Mayor Sorin Megheșan (National Liberal Party)
 • Total 52.68 km2 (20.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 22,075
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Târnăveni (Romanian pronunciation: ; Hungarian: Dicsőszentmárton, Hungarian pronunciation: ; German: Sankt Martin, earlier Marteskirch) is a city in Mureş County, central Romania. It lies on the Târnava Mică River in central Transylvania. The city administers three villages: Bobohalma (Bábahalma), Botorca (Őrhegy) and Cuştelnic (Csüdőtelke); the last was part of Găneşti Commune until 2002.

In Romanian, it was previously known as Diciosânmartin, then Târnava-Sânmărtin.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Culture 4
  • International relations 5
    • Twin towns — Sister cities 5.1
  • See also 6


Archaeological research has demonstrated that the presence of human communities in this area dates back thousands of years. In 1921, traces of a Neolithic settlement were discovered; a collection of 135 Imperial Roman denarii and two silver balls were also found. The place was historically certified in 1279, under the name of terra Dychen Sent Marton, in a document involving land relocations and ownership.

In 1502, the place was mentioned as a borough (Medieval Latin: oppidum), as a part of Cetatea de Baltă fief of the Moldavian Princes Stephen the Great and Petru Rareş. Since vineyards covered the majority of the cultivated land, it came to be known as the "vine country" (Weinland).

For centuries, until the area was ceded to Romania after the Treaty of Trianon following WWI, the city was a local administrative center inside the Kingdom of Hungary and later within Austria-Hungary. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, Târnăveni was included in the administrative units of Romanians resisting the Hungarian Revolutionary government, and, as part of the 3rd Legion, Cetatea de Baltă, provided soldiers for the army of Avram Iancu; its prefect was Vasile Moldovan (the latter was ultimately defeated and settled in Boziaş, where he later died).

Bridge over the Târnava Mică

After 1866, it served as the capital of Kis-Küküllő comitatus, alternating this attribute with Küküllővár (today's Cetatea de Baltă) or with Erzsébetváros (today's Dumbrăveni). The late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period when many administrative and social-economic facilities were built in the town, marked an urban evolution. In 1912, the locality was raised to the rank of city.

The discovery of methane deposits radically changed the city history: gas was supplied to private residences after 1915. The inhabitants sent representatives to the Great National Assembly held in Alba Iulia on December 1, 1918; inside the Kingdom of Romania, it became the administrative seat of Târnava-Mică County. Named Târnava-Sânmărtin during 1920-1926, and later Diciosânmartin, the locality officially became Târnăveni in 1941.

After World War I, a calcium carbide and calcium cyanamide factory was set up, followed by a nitrogen and later by a coke factory. In 1936, an installation of synthetic ammonia production was set in Târnăveni, the first of this type in the world — over the following years, the company involved in the latter process switched to weapons manufacturing. The administrative palace and the hospital were both built during the urban expansion — the latter was where the famous physician Constantin Ion Parhon, whose family was originally from Cetatea de Baltă, used to consult his patients.

During World War II, the small Jewish community was decimated during the Holocaust, and the synagogue closed down. 230 Romanian soldiers who, after Romania parted with the Axis and joined the Allies in 1944, defended the city against German troops lie buried in the local cemetery.

After the war, the city's industry witnessed a continuous development. In 1957, for the first time in the country, polychlorinated vinyl was produced here. A modern glassware factory — Gecsat — is situated in the southeast area, and produces a wide range of export products.

Târnăveni became a municipality on November 5, 1998.


Târnăveni is crossed by the Blaj-Praid railroad, and also by DN 14A Iernut-Mediaş, DJ 107 Târnăveni-Blaj, DJ Târnăveni-Căpâlna-Ungheni and by DJ 142 Târnăveni-Bălăușeri. Târnăveni is situated at the following distances from:

Panorama over Târnăveni


In 2011, Târnăveni had 22,075 inhabitants, making it the 84th largest city in Romania; according to previous records, it had 26,073 inhabitants in 1977, 30,520 in 1992, and 26,654 in 2002.

Of the population, 72.21% are Romanians, 15.31% Hungarians, and 11.24% Roma.


Sfântul Gheorghe Church

In 1962, the local Museum of History was opened, housing separate sections for archaeology, ethnography, natural science and numismatics. The present-day Unitarian Church, built in Gothic style in the 13th century, redecorated in 1599, houses a silver cup from 1636, as well as a silver plate and a bell dating from 1678. The wooden Christian Church, brought over from the Corneşti village, had its interior painted by Nicolae Pop. The school in Boziaş was set up in 1780.

Other buildings in the city include the Roman Catholic church.

One of the main pillars of the Greek-Catholic priest in the Seuca parish. The composer György Ligeti was born here in 1923.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Târnăveni is twinned with:

See also

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