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- geographical situation: it is located in the south-eastern part of Romania, in the north-east of the Romanian Plain, on the lower Danube;
- neighbours: in the north-Galati; in the north-west-Vrancea; in the west-Buz㵻 in the south-Ialomi-the east-Tulcea, Constanta;
- surface: 4,766 square km (respectively 2 % of the country-s territory);
- population: 392,000 inhabitants;
- towns: BRAILA-capital of the county (with 236,000 inhabitants, important Danubian
port, a town which was considered as having -an Oriental air-, but today a modern one, with a rich cultural and artistic life, the birth town of Panait Istrati, N.D.Cocea, Mihail Sebastian); Faurei; Ianca; Isuratei.
- relief: it is more like a plain, represented, in equal shares, by a plain and the meadows of the Danube, the Siret (in the north), the Buzau and the Calmatui, with altitudes no higher than 50 m.;
- climate: it is temperate continental, moderate, characterized by homogenity, due to the uniform plain relief, with cold winters (strong blizzards) in the west, and dry and hot summers (the highest temperature in Romania was recorded here-44,50 C) in the east, winds blow from north, north-east;
- watercourses: they flow from north to west and from south to east, the main rivers are the Prut in the east and the Siret in the west, the Buzau, the Calmatui and the Danube, which hosts between its arms, the Great Island of Braila.
- The Danube-this fascinating European water route, after traversing more than 2,500 km, as if feeling its end drawing near, separates itself into two arms, Macin (the Old Danube) and Cremenea (the Danube), hoping that at least one of them will not reach the sea. In the 5th century B.C. the Greek historian and geographer, Herodotus wrote: -Among the famous rivers and the navigable ones, as you come from the sea, we have the Istros.- In the Braila area of this famous river, delightful cruises are now being organized.
- Of the natural lakes, we can mention:- S㲡t; C⩮eni; Movila Miresii; Plopu; Ianca; Secu.
PRESERVES AND MONUMENTS OF NATURE
- The Viisoara Forest-a forest preserve covering a surface of 1,700 hectares (Braila-Slobozia road up to Insuratei and, then, 25 km south-east on a country road, towards the Spiru Haret village). The preserve includes species of gray oak grown here, in a fully steppe region, due to the good climate conditions;
- The Small Island of Braila-complex preserve where, on over 5,336 hectares, one can see rare species and lots of birds.
- Lacu Sarat-a permanent spa (at an altitude of 25 m altitudine), it is situated in the north-eastern part of the Baragan Plain (5 km away from Braila). The resort, surrounded by forests which make milder the steppe climate, functions since the first half of the past century. The bottom of the lake is covered with a therapeutic mud having a high mineral concentration. It is considered to be one of the most valuable sapropelic muds in Romania. There are many treatment facilities: devices for mud bath and other treatments based on hot mud, facilities for electro- and hydrotherapy, devices for aerosol, medical gym, facilities for cold bath with mud. This resort offers you pleasant holidays in a beautiful landscape -- in the old park stretching far and away, with norrow alleys and thickets charmingly mysterious under the summer nights- (N. Iorga). Access: by train: the Lacul Sarat or Braila stations on Bucharest-Faurei-Galati line, by road: on the national road DN 2 from Buzau or from Galati, on DN 21 from Slobozia, on DN 22 from Ramnicu Sarat. A tram line connects Lacul Sarat with Braila;
- Cainele Bai-seasonal spa of local interest, (41 km away from Ramnicu Sarat).
- Greek Church-Braila, (1863-1872), with valuable stained-glass windows and frescos made by Gheorghe Tatarescu;
- -Saints Michael and Gabriel- Church-Braila, former mosque (17th century), transformed in 1831 into an Orthodox Church. The construction preserves Oriental elements and it is one of the few churches in Romania not to have a belfry.
MONUMENTS AND STATUES
- The Statue of Ecaterina Teodoroiu-Braila, it was built in memory of the heroine who sacrificed herself for the country, in the battles from Marasesti during the World War I (September 1917);
- The Horologe-Braila, (1909), on its socle it is sculptures a sailing boat-symbol of the fishermen harbour;
- The Harbour: Braila, with old silos (1888-1889) built according to the Romanian engineer Anghel Saligny-s plans. For the construction of these silos, reinforced concrete prefabs have been used, for the first time in history.Source: Romanian Travel Guide / Publirom