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Skyline of Murfatlar
Coat of arms of Murfatlar
Coat of arms
Location of Murfatlar
Location of Murfatlar
Country  Romania
County Constanţa County
Status Town
Component villages Siminoc
 • Mayor Valentin Saghiu[1] (Social Democratic Party)
 • Total 69.25 km2 (26.74 sq mi)
Population (2011[2])
 • Total 9,634
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Murfatlar (Romanian pronunciation: ) is a town in Constanţa County, Romania.


  • Etymology 1
  • Administration 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Famous natives 4
  • Image gallery 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The name of the town originates from the Turkish word murvet (meaning "generous man").[3]

Between 1921 and 1965, and from 1975 to 2007, the locality was known as Basarabi. On June 26, 2007 the lower house of Romania's Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, approved a proposal to have the name changed back to Murfatlar,[4] which was also ratified by the Senate and promulgated by the president of Romania on December 20, 2007.[5]


Murfatlar is a port on the Danube-Black Sea Canal and has a population of 11,070. A complex of caves was found carved in the hills nearby, see the Basarabi Cave Complex.

The village of Siminoc (historical name: Turc-Murfat) is administered by the town of Murfatlar. The name of the village comes from the flower Helichrysum arenarium (siminoc in Romanian), which can be found abundantly in the area.[6]

The famous Murfatlar Vineyard and Basarabi Cave Complex are located nearby.


At the 2011 census, Murfatlar had 8,657 Romanians (89.86%), 547 Tatars (5.68%), 236 Roma (2.45%), 134 Turks (1.39%), 9 Hungarians (0.09%), 3 Aromanians (0.03%), 16 others (0.17%), 32 with undeclared ethnicity (0.33%) .

Famous natives

Murfatlar is the birthplace of the former Romanian president, Traian Băsescu.

Image gallery


  1. ^ "Elected mayors at the 2012 local election" (PDF) (in Romanian). Central Electoral Committee. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Constanta County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian).  
  3. ^ (Romanian) Murfatlar's History, Murfatlar City Hall, accessed on June 23, 2008
  4. ^ (Romanian) România Liberă, Oraşul natal al lui Băsescu nu se mai numeste Basarabi, ci Murfatlar (Băsescu's hometown is no longer called Basarabi, but Murfatlar), June 26, 2007
  5. ^ (Romanian) Law No. 370/21.12.2007 regarding the name change of town of Basarabi, Constanţa County, into Murfatlar, Chamber of Deputies, accessed June 23, 2008
  6. ^ (Romanian) Murfatlar's History, Murfatlar City Hall, accessed on June 23, 2008

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