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Baia Sprie (Romania, Maramures)

Oraşul Baia Sprie — Felsőbánya Város

Last modified: 2002-03-29 by istvan molnar
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Baia Sprie (in Hungarian Felsőbánya, in German Mittelstadt) is a town in Maramureş (in Hungarian Máramaros) County of Romania. The commune contains four settlements: Town of Baia Sprie / Felsőbánya, Chiuzbaia, Satu Nou de Sus and Tauţii de Sus villages. The commune has got 16.059 inhabitants. The town has got 11.735 inhabitants (28,9% Hungarians, 1992 census). Neighbouring communities are: Baia Mare / Nagybánya City, Groşi, Dumbrăviţa, Şişeşti and Deseşti communities.

The first mention of the settlement is from 1329 as "Civitas in medio monte". The city was in Szatmár County of the Kingdom of Hungary. In 1567 it was annexed by Prince János Zsigmond, prince of Transylvania. 1605-1606, 1621-1629, 1645-1648 the town with the county was part of the Principality of Transylvania.

The settlement in 1910 was a town in the Szatmár County of the Kingdom of Hungary. Inhabitants in 1910: 4.422; 4.149 (93,8%) Hungarian, 230 (5,2%) Rumanian and 43 (1,0%) other by mother tongue, 2.304 (52,1%) Roman Catholic, 1.241 (28,1%) Greek Catholic, 587 (13,3%) Calvinist, 268 (6,1%) Jew and 22 (0,5%) other by religion. From 1919/1920 (Romanian occupation / Treaty of Trianon) to 1940 (Second Decision in Vienna) part of the Kingdom of Romania. 1940-1944 part of Hungary. The Treaty of Paris (1947) reallocated it to Romania.The settlement was a town 1952-1960 in Baia Mare Region, 1960-1968 in Maramureş Region and from 1968 is in Maramureş County.

István Molnár, 11 January 2001

Historical flag of Felsőbánya (Kingdom of Hungary)

[flag of Felsőbánya, Szatmár county, Hungary 1941] by István Molnár, 11 January 2001

Blue and white quarterly per saltire
António Martins, 27 February 2001

This flag appears at Dr. Széll Sándor: Városaink neve, címere és lobogója (1941) as "Felsőbánya, Szatmár Co.".
István Molnár, 11 January 2001