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Craiova

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Popular things to do in Craiova

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Specialty Museum
Craiova's Art Museum
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Park
Nicolae Romanescu Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Craiova Botanical Garden
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Park
Prefecture Square Craiova
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Craiova, Romania's 6th largest city and capital of Dolj County, is situated near the east bank of the river Jiu in central Oltenia. It is a longstanding political center, and is located at approximately equal distances from the Southern Carpathians (north) and the River Danube (south). Craiova is the chief commercial city west of Bucharest and the most important city of Oltenia. The city prospered as a regional trading centre despite an earthquake in 1790, a plague in 1795, and a Turkish assault in 1802 during which it was burned.Eight villages are administered by the city: Făcăi, Mofleni, Popoveni, Șimnicu de Jos, Cernele, Cernelele de Sus, Izvoru Rece and Rovine. The last four were a separate commune called Cernele until 1996, when they were merged into the city.EtymologyThere are two possible etymologies for Craiova: Old Slavonic kral ("king"), which has been borrowed in Romania as crai and Slavonic krajina ("border" or "edge"). Since no source prior to 1475 mentions the city, it's impossible to tell which of the two words is the real etymology. The name is probably of Bulgarian or Serbian origin, due to historical autochthonous minorities in the area. Add Craiova and other destinations in Romania to your travel itinerary using our Romania online trip builder.

Side trips from Craiova

Geologic Formation
Danube Valley Drobeta-Turnu Severin
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Mine
Ocnele Mari Salt Mine Ocnele Mari
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Outdoor Activity
Danube Gorge Mehedinti County
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Craiova

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Religious Site
Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Demetrius
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Casino
Minerva Hotel & Casino
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Garden
Tineretului Park
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Cemetery
Cimitirul Ungureni
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Craiova

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Specialty Museum
Muzeul Olteniei
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Specialty Museum
Casa Baniei
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Muzeul Stiintele Naturii Oltenia
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Craiova

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Shopping Mall
Electroputere Mall
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

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