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- geographical situation: the county of Vaslui is situated in the eastern part of Romania, centred on the hydrographic basin of the Barlad river;
- neighbours: in the north-Iasi; in the west-Neamt, Bacau, Vrancea; in the south-Galati; in the east-the Prut river, the Republic of Moldavia;
- surface: 5,318 square km (respectively 2,2 % of the country's surface);
- population: 462,000 inhabitants;
- towns: VASLUI-capital of the county (with 80,000 inhabitants, at the confluence of the Vaslui river with the Bad; the name of the town has Cumanian origin); Barlad (of Cumanian origin); Husi; Negresti.
- relief: the geographical structure is one of hills-the BⲬad Plateau, with the sub-units: the Central Moldavian Plateau, the Tutova Hills, the Falciu Hills, with height that only seldom go over 500 m, decreasing in the Prut Valley to 20 m, and in the BⲬad Valley to 54 m;
- climate: it is continental, with an average lapse of time with temperatures below 00 C of 180 days. The waterfalls are not uniform, the winds blow from north and south. This region is characterized by droughts in summer;
- watercourses: they are represented by the Upper BⲬad, with its tributaries: Crasna, Vaslui, Jeravat, Tutova, Racova, and eastwards the Prut which receives the Elan river.
PRESERVES AND MONUMENTS OF NATURE
- Fossil Point-Malusteni (55 km from Vaslui), palaeontological preserve, one of the richest in fossil in Romania. It contains numerous fossils of monkeys, antelopes, camels, deer, turtles;
- The Harboanca Forest-Brahasoaia (16 km north-west of Vaslui), forest preserve with numerous species of oak trees;
- The Hulubat Sands-Vaslui, palaeontological preserve, fossil fauna from the Pleistocen;
- The Seaca Forest-Movileni (near Coroiesti), forest and botanical preserve;
- The Badeana Forest- near Tutova (75 km from Vaslui), forest preserve.
- The Fortress Ruins-Arsura, important Thracian-Getic fortress from the 4th-2nd centuries B.C.; it was consolidated with earthworks and stone walls;
- Getic-Dacian Fortress-Bunesti, a valuable treasure was found here;
- Ruins of the Voivodal Court-Vaslui (1490);
- Traces of the Earth Fortress-BⲬad, it was built in 1476 by Stephen the Great in order to defend Moldavia against the Ottoman invaders;
- Ruins of Voivodal Court-Husi (1494).
- "Saint John the Baptist" Church-Vaslui, it was built by Stephen the Great in 1490, marking the victory obtained against the armies of Soliman Pasha in 1475; the style of the construction is Moldavian classical;
- "Saint George" Church-BⲬad, it was built by Stephen the Great in 1496 and rebuilt by Vasile Lupu in 1636;
- "Saint Apostles Peter and Paul" Church-Husi, it was erected by Stephen the Great between 1494-1495;
- Bishopric Church-Husi (1592);
- Grajdeni Monastery-in Grivita village, it was built by voivode Petru Rares between 1533-1540;
- "Sf. Dumitru" Church-Barlad (1636).
- "Vasile Pan" Museum-Bad, the museum exhibits: vestiges of human life in this region (history department); palaeontological, petrographic and fauna collections from the Moldavian Plateau (natural sciences department); ethnographical and art collections;
- "Emil Racovita" Memorial House- Emil Racovita (42 km from Vaslui), in memory of the man who set the foundations of speology;
- "Dimitrie Cantemir" Memorial House- Dimitrie Cantemir.
MONUMENTS AND STATUES
- The Statue of Stephen the Great from Podul ήalt-(10 km from Vaslui), it was built in memory of the great military mind of the 15th century, who won here one of the most important victories in Romanian history (with echoes all over Europe). In this narrow moorland, on 10 of January 1475, Stephen the Great's army (highly inferioar in number) "defeated terribly" (as the voivode used to say) the Ottoman soldiers led by Soliman Pasha;
- Mausoleum of Penes Curcanul-Vaslui, in the city cemetery, it honours the soldiers who died in the assault on Plevna, during the Independence War of 1877. It was from here, from Vaslui, that the "nine foot soldiers, ten with the sergeant" left for the war, as sung by Vasile Alecsandri the poem "Penes Curcanul";
- Statue of Stephen the Great-Vaslui, imposing statue of the voivode, whose memory lives on all over these lands. "True ruler, brave, smart and loving his country and people" (Nicolae Iorga).
Source: Romanian Travel Guide / Publirom