Turnu Magurele



Settlement name

Turnu Magurele


30.089 inhabitants


10719,7 ha

Administrative status


Location of settlement centre

43°45’N, 24°52’ E

Height of settlement centre

31 m


Turnu Măgurele is a city in Teleorman County, Romania (in south of the country). Developed nearby the site once occupied by the medieval port of Turnu, it is situated north-east of the confluence between the Olt River and the Danube.

The name of the city means "Hill Tower" in Romanian, in reference to the defense-wall tower of a fort built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 6th century (ruins of the facilities can still be seen).

Bulgarians maintained in this place a fortress named Holavnik. The town was occupied by the Ottoman Empire in 1417, towards the end of Prince Mircea I's rule, and, like Giurgiu and Brăila, constituted a kaza on the left bank of the Danube. With short interruptions during the anti-Ottoman rebellions of Vlad III and Mihai Viteazul, destroyed by Iancu Jianu's hajduks in their campaign against Osman Pazvantoğlu and his successor (1809) and never rebuilt under Turkish rule, Turnu, like the other two kazas, was returned to Wallachia in 1826 (Akkerman Convention) and finally in 1829 (through the Treaty of Adrianopole). It became the main town of Teleorman County in 1839.


The main touristic objectives are:

  • Orthodox cathedral “Sfântul Haralambie” – The architectural style of the construction is combined with influences of the Curtea de Arges Monastery (Brancoveanuțs style, baroque and Byzantine). The entire roof is made of sheet brass and interior painting executed in oil, was made ​​by Eugene Voinescu – the director of the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest and by the Italian Girolamo Romeo. Among the valuable items of the cathedral can be mentioned a chandelier with seven branches, made of silver, silver icons etc. In this church there is harmony between all parts: from mosaics to painting, sculpture in wood, zinc and bronze or stone or even the eaves and exterior ornamentation of the towers.
  • Turnu medieval castle ruins – there are in the south of Turnu Magurele town at a distance of 4 km from town and 1 km from the confluence of the River Olt with the Danube. Turnu fortress played an important role in the defense of the Romanian Country, especially during the reign of Mircea cel Batran, in conflicts with the Ottoman Empire, at the south of the Danube.
  • Central park - has an area of ​​2 hectares, has been arranged in 1876 by ​​a group of specialists after a similar one in Vienna. The tourist can enjoy some exotic trees like Sophora japonica, a species of chestnut called “Aesculum hipocastanum'', Thuy, Paeonia arborea bushes'''with pale pink flowers.
  • Palace of Justice: it was built in 1893, after a French model.
  • Kids Club. Set in the railway station, served until 1945 as Agricultural Chamber. The building is built in Byzantine style Rotonde.
  • Near the town, there are many beaches on the Danube banks and on the Olt River, and favorable places for fishing.
  • The Feast "Zerezeanu" (St. Trifon Nebunul Day) is celebrated on 1st of February and the vines and vineyards are blessed.
  • Traditional feast Drăgaica - symbolizes the beginning of harvest in June.
  • Protected areas: Site of Community importance Corabia - Turnu Magurele, Special Bird Protection Area at the confluence  of Olt river with Danube.
  • Other tourist attractions are: water tower, public bath, Municipal Museum of Art.


In Turnu Magurele there is a 3 star hotel and accredited by the Ministry of Tourism.


Source:http://www.ghidulprimariilor.ro/business.php/PRIMARIA-TURNU-MAGURELE/111593, http://www.municipiulturnumagurele.ro/