Bistreţ Township


The township of Bistreţ is located in the South-West area of Dolj County, 40 km away from Băileşti and 73 km away from Craiova Municipality. The township consists of four villages: Bistreţ as the township residence, and Bistreţu Nou, Plosca, Brandușa as component villages.

Contact details:

Phone number: 0251-355011,

Brief history:

The township of Bistreţ is traced back from the first document written and dated 3rd of October 1385 of Dan I, from where we find out that he strengthens his reign (of Tismana monastery) with the village of Vadul Cumanilor, with half of Toporna and “Bistreţ pond”, from Toplata to Bârjogârla, above Covaciţa, with the village of Harsomuniţi and Tismena on both sides. By the charter of 18th of September 1531, Vlad Înecatul ordered to Tismana monastery “to make a village at Vadul Bistreţului” with neighbours who will gather in that settlement. The existence of the two villages from Bistreţ pond is definitively clarified in the documents from 21st of October (1554-1557) left from Pătrașcu cel Bun in which they are called “Bistreţul and Călugăreni”, names that will not change in the future. Thus, on Schwart’s map (1722) on Bistreţu estate there are the villages “Călugăreni and Bistriţa, also in Virmond’s conception” (1728) the villages “Bistrezzul del monastero Tismana” (95 families) and “Călugăreni del monastero Tismana” (11 families). Starting with the 19th century, the monks disappeared definitively from the numerous categories that have been preserved, its name being taken over by the pond on the shore of which it was located for 5 centuries.

Identification data:

The Town Hall of Bistreţ is located on DN 55A, on Str. Calea Dunării, no. 192, Bistreţ Township, Dolj County.

Points of interest:

- The Church St. Nicholas and St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel,was founded by Mihail Constandin called “the Greek” and his son Nicolae (or Nicolache), between 1826 - 1832, today being a historical monument.

- The Monument of the Heroes from Bistreţ Township was built in honour of the population who participated in the most important historical events that marked the history of Romania: the war of independence from 1877-1878, the First World War and the Second World War.

- Bistreţ Lake is located on the territory of Bistreţ and Cârna townships, approximately 5 kilometres away from the Danube. The lake has an area of ​​1,936 hectares and is a reference site for the protection of migratory birds. In the area you can admire species of ducks, geese, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, seagulls, terns and marsh terns, various species of waders. According to the Standard Form of the Natura 2000 site ROSPA0010 Bistreţ, the protected area has 1,915.6 hectares, altitudes between 9 and 44 m, territory located in the continental biogeographical region. In this place are nesting 12 pairs of blue gulls (Alcedo atthis), 16 pairs of Red heron (Ardea purpurea), 50 pairs of Yellow heron (Ardeola ralloides), 25-34 pairs of Red duck (Aythya nyroca), 20 pairs of great bittern (Botaurus stellaris), 6 pairs of White stork (Ciconia ciconia), 12-24 pairs of Reed heron (Circus aeruginosus), 11 pairs of Great egret (Egretta alba), 75 pairs of Little Egret (Egretta Garzetta), 120-166 pairs of common spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), 34-41 pairs of Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus). During the passage period, the site is used by 4 specimens of lesser white-fronted goose (Anser erythropus), 48 black storks (Ciconia nigra), 20 winter swans (Cygnus cygnus), 78-90 waders (Himantopus himantopus), 31-59 Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus), 50-150 common pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), 1,000 pygmy cormorants (Phlacrocorax pygmeus), 400-450 common spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia), 180-211 glossy ibises (Plegadis falcinellus), 44-77 pied avocet, and so on which means that during the migration period there are over 20,000 specimens of pond birds here.

Other information:


Ilie Balaci was born on 8th of September 1956, in the township of Bistreţ in Dolj County. He started his football career in the children’s and junior teams of the University of Craiova. With the group from Bănie, he won the Romanian championship in 1974, 1980 and 1981, culminating in qualifying for the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1983.

Mihai Chirita he was born on 28th of July / 10th of August 1914, in township of Bistreţ, Dolj County. As a commander he was proposed for decoration with the “Crown of Romania”.

- Ion Bulborea born on 28th of July 1928, in the township of Bistreţ, Dolj County, he was a personality who distinguished himself through a rich didactic and research activity in the economic field, over more than four decades, which brought him a scientific and managerial prestige, recognized by the academic community in the country and beyond.

Local events:

Târg săptămânal – în fiecare zi de joi
Ziua comunei Bistreț – 26 octombrie
Feast of the Church “Saint Nicholas” - 6th of December

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