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Ploiești is the municipality of residence of Prahova County, Muntenia, Romania. It is located 60 km north of Bucharest, on the coordinates of 26 ° 1'48 "east longitude and 44 ° 56'24" north latitude and has an area of almost 60 km². It is surrounded by the communes of Blejoi (to the north), Târgșoru Vechi (to the west), Bărcănești, Brazi (to the south) and Bucov (to the east).
The city has grown since the seventeenth century, on a property bought by Mihai Viteazul from the monks who owned it, gradually taking the place of the old mountain fairs Târgșor, Gherghița and Bucov as regional center of the area, its evolution being accelerated by industrialization especially after the massive exploitation of the oil fields in the area began and large refining facilities appeared in the city, which brought him the nickname of "the capital of black gold". Subsequently, its economic activity is based on oil processing, the city having four major refineries, but also other industries related to this branch (car construction, electrical equipment, maintenance).
The town of Ploiești is located near the Dealu Mare-Valea Călugărească wine region and has direct access to the Prahova Valley, the most important alpine tourism area in Romania. Ploiești is an important transport hub, located on the roads that connect the capital of Bucharest with Transylvania and Moldova.
|Area (km2)||60 km²|
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