Short History         


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       Under the Enlightenment influence, a network of comprehensive and technical-professional schools was set up with the purpose to take over primary school graduates, with or without an entrance examination.
       There were the following forms of education in Ramnic during the interwar period:        Excellent teachers, an imposing building with spacious and light classrooms and corridors and modern endowments make “Mircea cel Batran” Highschool from Ramnicu Valcea an attractive school for the parents who want to successfully prepare their sons and daughters for life.

                                                 Our town

        Rm.Valcea is located in the north of Oltenia, at the foot of the Southern Carpathians, along the Olt River, one of the main rivers of Romania, and on the edge of an arterial road of great importance to the whole country. Situated in the middle of the country and of an area scattered with famous spas and resorts – Calimanesti, Baile Olanesti, Baile Govora – Rm.Valcea has a population which amounts to nearly 120.000 inhabitants, most of them of Romanian ethnicity.
        The first document which mentions the existence of the town dates back to 20th May 1388, when the ruler Mircea the Elder referred to the fortification as a “Town of My Reign”.
       A few years later, due to a good geographical position, the town became the royal capital which served as a strategic retreat for the royal family. Some of the rulers who honoured this citadel with their presence were Vlad the Impaler, Radu the Great, Patrascu the Good, Radu of Afumati and Neagoe Basarab, but there were many others, like Michael the Brave, Constantin Brancoveanu and Matei Basarab, who cemented close links with the town in the course of history.
        In the 18th century, Rm.Valcea hosted great scholars and religious figures such as Antim, Damaschin, Stefan, Inochentie, Climent, Grigore, Partenie, Chesarie and Filaret. At the end of the 19th century, with the help of its great bishop Calinic, Rm.Valcea became an important cultural centre which embarked on the gradual spread of ideas and knowledge in the Romanian language.
       The inhabitants of Ramnicu Valcea participated in the 1821, 1848, 1877 and 1916 great events. After the national unity was achieved through the union of Transylvania and Bucovina with Romania, particularly in the inter-war period, Ramnicu Valcea defined its architectural and urban-planning personality, becoming a town appreciated for its quiet natural environment and the therapeutic qualities of the mineral waters nearby.
       On 29th July1998, it was 150 years since, according to the then documents, the revolutionary song “Wake up, Romanian” had been officially sung during a demonstration in Zavoi Park. The song became the National Anthem of Romania after the 1989 Revolution.

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