Contents 1 Name 2 History 2.1 Bulgarian merchant colony 3 Geography 4 Demographics 5 Economy 6 Education 7 Natives 8 Climate 9 Tourism and sport 10 Twinned cities 11 Photo gallery 12 References 13 External links


Name[edit] Its name was first recorded in 1269 as castrum Dewa. The origin of the name gave rise to controversy. Some thought that the name is of old Turkic origin from the name Gyeücsa.[2] Others assert that the name is probably of Slavic origin where Deva or Devín means "girl" or "maiden".[3] (A similar case exists in Slovakian for the Devín Castle, located at the confluence of the Danube and Great Morava, at the site of the former town of Devín.) It is also considered that the name comes from the ancient Dacian word dava, meaning "fortress" (as in Pelendava, Piroboridava, or Zargidava). Other theories trace the name to a Roman Legion, the Legio II Augusta, transferred to Deva from Castrum Deva, now Chester (Deva Victrix) in Britain. Additionally, it is possible the name Deva was derived from the reconstructed proto-Indo-European dhewa ("settlement"). On medieval maps Deva appears as: Dewan (first mention), Deva, or later Diemrich.


History[edit] Documentary evidence of the city's existence first appeared in 1269 when Stephen V, King of Hungary and Duke of Transilvania, mentioned "the royal castle of Deva" in a privilege-grant for the Count Chyl of Kelling (Romanian: comitele Chyl din Câlnic).[4] Under Voivod John Hunyadi, Deva became an important military and administrative centre.[citation needed] Partially destroyed by the Ottoman Turks in 1550, it was afterward rebuilt and the fortress extended. In 1621 Prince Gabriel Bethlen transformed and extended the Magna Curia Palace (also known as the Bethlen Castle) in Renaissance style. Bulgarian merchant colony[edit] In 1711–1712, Deva was settled by a group of Roman Catholic Bulgarian merchant colonists, refugees from the unsuccessful anti-Ottoman Chiprovtsi Uprising of 1688. The colonists were originally mostly from Chiprovtsi and Zhelezna in northwest Bulgaria, though also from the neighbouring Kopilovtsi and Klisura.[5][6] However, the colonists came to Deva from Wallachia and from Vinţu de Jos, where a similar colony had been established in 1700.[7] The Bulgarian merchants, who in 1716[8] numbered 51 families and three Franciscan monks, established their own neighbourhood, which was known to the locals as Greci ("Greeks", i.e. "merchants"). Their influence over local affairs caused Deva to be officially called a "Bulgarian town" for a short period, even though the maximum population of the colony was 71 families in 1721.[8] The Bulgarians received royal privileges of the Austrian crown along with their permission to settle and their acquisition of land and property. The construction of Deva's Franciscan monastery commenced in 1724 with the funding and efforts of its Bulgarian population, so that the monastery was commonly known as the Bulgarian Monastery. However, the Great Plague of 1738 and the gradual assimilation of the Deva Bulgarians into other ethnicities of Transylvania prevented the colony from growing and by the late 19th century the Bulgarian ethnic element in the town had disappeared completely.[5][6]


Geography[edit] Deva is situated in the central part of Hunedoara County, on the left bank of the middle course of the Mureș River at 187 m above sea level.[9] The city administers four villages: Archia (Árki), Bârcea Mică (Kisbarcsa), Cristur (Csernakeresztúr) and Sântuhalm (Szántóhalma).


Demographics[edit] Historical population Year Pop. ±% 1912 8,654 —     1930 10,509 +21.4% 1948 12,959 +23.3% 1956 16,879 +30.2% 1966 26,969 +59.8% 1977 60,334 +123.7% 1992 78,438 +30.0% 2002 69,390 −11.5% 2011 61,123 −11.9% Source: Census data According to the last census, from 2011, there were 56,647 people living within the city of Deva, making it the 37th largest city in Romania. The ethnic makeup is as follows: Romanians: 89.67% Hungarians: 7.79% Roma: 1.6% Other: 0.91%


Economy[edit] Automotive, commerce, construction materials and power industries are important to Deva's economy.


Education[edit] A private University of Ecology and Tourism was established in the city in 1990, and the academic centres of Timișoara and Cluj-Napoca have opened branches in the city. Deva is also the home of Romania's national women gymnastics training center called Colegiul National Sportiv "Cetatea" Deva [1]. Here is a list of the high schools from Deva: Decebal National College [2] Traian Theoretical High School [3] Sabin Drăgoi Theoretical High School [4] Colegiul Național Sportiv "Cetatea" [5] Sigismund Toduță High School of Arts [6] Téglás Gábor Theoretical High School [7] Transylvania Technical College [8] Grigore Moisil Technical High School [9] Dragomir Hurmuzescu Technical College [10]


Natives[edit] François Bréda María Corda Matthias Dévay Bogdan Juratoni Bogdan Mara Dora Pavel Daniela Silivaș Adrian Sitaru


Climate[edit] Deva has a humid continental climate Climate data for Deva Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high °C (°F) 0.9 (33.6) 4.7 (40.5) 11.3 (52.3) 17.0 (62.6) 22.6 (72.7) 24.3 (75.7) 26.7 (80.1) 26.7 (80.1) 23.0 (73.4) 17.0 (62.6) 8.9 (48) 3.0 (37.4) 15.5 (59.9) Average low °C (°F) −5.9 (21.4) −3.2 (26.2) 0.3 (32.5) 4.6 (40.3) 9.0 (48.2) 12.0 (53.6) 13.2 (55.8) 12.8 (55) 9.7 (49.5) 4.6 (40.3) 1.1 (34) −2.7 (27.1) 4.6 (40.3) Average precipitation mm (inches) 33.9 (1.335) 28.1 (1.106) 29.1 (1.146) 50.0 (1.969) 63.9 (2.516) 79.8 (3.142) 67.1 (2.642) 56.1 (2.209) 42.8 (1.685) 37.5 (1.476) 37.2 (1.465) 39.5 (1.555) 565.0 (22.244) Source: Administrația Natională de Meteorologie[10][11]


Tourism and sport[edit] Deva is dominated by the Citadel Hill, a protected nature reserve because of its rare floral species and the presence of the horned adder. Perched on the top of the hill are the ruins of the Citadel built in the 13th century. Tourists can visit the Citadel by climbing the hill or using the cable car. The machinery covers a distance of 160 meters and it can transport up to 16 people.[12] Deva seen from the Citadel (view towards the North) Deva seen from the Citadel (view towards the East) Deva's tourist attractions include the Arts Theatre, the Patria Cinema, the Old Centre and the Citadel Park, where there are the statues of Mihai Eminescu and Decebal and the Magna Curia Palace. There is also the Aqualand Complex, a recently built leisure centre situated near the Citadel Park. It is an important tourist spot for the Transylvania region.[13] Downtown the city, the House of culture and the musical fountain represent two elements that basically define the centre of Deva.[14] Deva by night Deva is considered the Gymnastics capital of Romania because the National gymnastics training center is located within the city. Many of the country's Olympic gymnasts have trained in Deva.[citation needed]


Twinned cities[edit] Arras, France Cherbourg-Octeville, France Szigetvár, Hungary Yancheng, China


Photo gallery[edit] Ruins of the Deva Citadel during renovation Magna Curia Art Theatre Church of the Franciscan monastery, founded by the Bulgarian colony in 1724 Hunedoara County Prefecture


References[edit] ^ Fundaţia Jakabffy Elemér; Asociaţia Media Index; Attila M. Szabó. "Dicţionar de localităţi din Transilvania" (in Romanian). Retrieved 2010-04-17.  ^ János András Vistai. "Tekintő – Erdélyi Helynévkönyv". p. 236.  Missing or empty |url= (help)Transylvanian Toponym Book (in Hungarian) ^ Octavian, Floca (1969). Hunedoara ghid al judeţului (in Romanian). Deva. p. 50. Argumente de ordin lingvistic dovedesc că Deva îşi are originea într-un nume slav-sudic(Deva – fecioară).  ^ Octavian, Floca; Ben Bassa (1965). Cetatea Deva. Monumentele patriei noastre (in Romanian). București: Editura Meridiane. p. 14.  ^ a b "Populatia" (in Romanian). Orasul Deva. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 28 August 2012.  ^ a b Балкански, Тодор (1996). Трансилванските (седмиградските) българи. Етнос. Език. Етнонимия. Ономастика. Просопографии [The Transylvanian (Sedmigradsko) Bulgarians. Ethnicity. Language. Ethnonymy. Onomastics. Prosopographies] (in Bulgarian). Велико Търново: ИК "Знак ‘94". pp. 111–115. ISBN 9789548709163.  ^ Телбизов, Карол (1984). Български търговски колонии в Трансилвания през XVIII век [Bulgarian merchant colonies in Transylvania in the 18th century] (in Bulgarian). София: Издателство на Българската академия на науките. p. 17. OCLC 490158032.  ^ a b Телбизов, p. 68 ^ Octavian, Floca (1969). Hunedoara ghid al judeţului (in Romanian). Deva. p. 50. Deva, localitate de reşedinţă a judeţului Hunedoara, situată în stînga Mureşului, la poalele ultimelor ramificaţii dinspre nord ale munţilor Poiana Ruscăi, la înălţimea de 187 m deasupra mării, deşi este o localitate relativ mică, numărând 34982 (1968), este totuşi un oraş pitoresc, important centru administrativ şi cultural – animată aşezare pe cursul de mijloc al Mureşului.  ^ "Medii lunare multianuale 1961–1990". Administrația Natională de Meteorologie (Romanian National Administration of Meteorology) (in Romanian). June 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-22.  ^ "Arhivă meteo". Administrația Natională de Meteorologie (Romanian National Administration of Meteorology) (in Romanian). Retrieved 2010-04-22.  ^ Acces telecabina ^ Aqualand Deva ^ Obiective turistice Deva


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