- geographical situation: it is located in the very south of Romania, bordered by the Danube;
- neighbours: in the north-Dambovita; in the south-the Danube, Bulgaria;
in the east-Ilfov, Calarasi; in the west-Teleorman;
- surface: 3,526 square km;
- population: 302,000 inhabitants;
- towns: GIURGIU-capital of the county (with 73,000 inhabitants, harbour on the left bank of the Danube, opposite the Bulgarian town of Ruse); Bolintin Vale; Mihailesti.
- relief: the Romanian Plain, with its sub-units: the Burnaz Plain, parts of the G㶡nu Burda and Titu Plains, the Danube Meadow;
- climate: it is temperate continental characteristic of plain, with hot summers and mild winters;
- watercourses: tributaries to the Danube, the main collector: Dambovita in the north, Sabar, Arges, Calnistea, Neajlov.
PRESERVES AND MONUMENTS OF NATURE
- The Comana Forest-(30 km south of Bucharest), forest preserve with many valuable Southern species of plants and animals. It consists in three types of forest: the -Calugareni-Fantanelor- natural preserve for the protection of the lilies of the valley, the -Padina Tatarului- natural and scientific preserve for the protection of the Romanian peony and the -Oloaga Gr㤩nari- natural preserve for the protection of the thistle. These forests of oak, linden tree, elm shelter a varied fauna, attractive for hunters: deer, wild boars, rabbits, foxes;
- The Manafu Forest-(36 km south-east of Bucharest), in the Izvoarele village, forest preserve of grey oak and Hungarian oak. Pheasants and deer have been colonised here, making it an important hunting preserve.
- Archaeological Centre-Popesti, it was identified, probably, the Getic-Dacian settlement Argedava;
- Clock Tower-Giurgiu, interesting construction built by Turks in 1700 in hard stone. From this tower, the Turks observed the movements of the Romanian armies. A big horologe was added in the 19th century. It is still working today (downtown);
- The Ruins of the Medieval Fortress-Giurgiu, it was built on an island in front of the town in the 15th century by Mircea the Elder. It was an important strategical point, the dispute object between Wallachians and Turks;
- Palace in Renaissance Style-Herasti (1641-1647), it was, for some time, the mansion of the Udriste Nasturel family, museum today;
- Mansion of the Baleanu Boyar Family-(17th century), Bolintin Vale, (25 km west of Bucharest);
- Mansion of the Druganescu Family-Floresti-Sloenesti, it was built in 1701 in Brancovenesque style, it hosts the Museum of Folk Art of the Romanian Plain.
- Comana Monastery - it was built by Vlad the Impaler (1456-1462) and rebuilt by Radu -erban (17th century). Here are the graves of rulers Radu -erban and Nicolae P㴲a-cu, Michael the Brave-s son, as well as those belonging to the Cantacuzino family;
- Former Monastery Cascioarele-(1431);
- Church of Former Monastery -Strambul--(1512-1521), Cascioarele;
- -Saint Nicholas- Church, Mironesti-(1668-1669);
- Greek Church-Giurgiu (1864), with frescos made by painter G. Tattarescu.
MONUMENTS AND STATUES
- Monument from Calugareni-(29 km away from Bucharest), remembering the traveller that here Michael the Brave-s army obtained a great victory against the Turks led by great Visir Sinan Pasa, on August 13th, 1595. Nicolae Balceascu wrote regarding this battle: -10 times less numerous than their enemies, the Romanians got a great victory and had the glory of defeating a general never defeated before-;
- Statue of Writer Dimitrie Bolintineanu-Bolintin Vale, he was born here in 1819;
- Statue of Independence War Heroes-(1877) Giurgiu.
Source: Romanian Travel Guide / Publirom