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Tg Ocna - Romanian town with highest number of churches per capita

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Tg Ocna, a town resort with chlorosodical, low in bicarbonate and sulfur, mineral springs, located in Bacau County, east of the country, holds a national record: the highest number of churches per number of inhabitants.

Twenty seven religious sites are raised in this town with nearly 14,000 inhabitants, most over a hundred years old. Among them, St.Paraschiva Church, built of wood in 1725, Raducanu Fortified Church, finished by a local boyar in 1763, with the tomb of the man of culture from the forty-eight Costache Negri in its courtyard, St. Nicolae Church in downtown locality, consecrated in 1772, Magura Hermitage, built at the end of the eighteenth century.

It is also the locality with churches at three levels of elevation: 17 churches in downtown, at the town's level, one at 240 meters deep, in a salt mine, and the other three at 560-600 meters, located on Magura Mount, Ciresoaia peak.

Currently, efforts are made to adapt the town, via investments and quality services, to the requirements of today's tourism, with a spa sanatorium organized in the ancient salt mine, a space where, along the sole big depth underground church in Romania, there is also the old mine chambers where the sound from a tenor reverberated 2 minutes and 42 seconds.

'The high number of worship sites in the town reflects the intense public life and a series of historical events that took place in this town, which has seen an outstanding cultural effervescence for over three centuries', Mayor Stefan Silochi told AGERPRES.

According to him, the tradition continues with today's religious life, a monastery of nuns being raised on Magura Mountain. In respects of tourism, a swimming and recreation complex was raised in Targu Ocna, in Nastasache Park, where there are eight hot springs, and there are also plans are to value, in the future, the lake formed after the collapse of the ceiling of a salt mine, where salt was exploited by water injection through the wells.

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