Wooden Church in Letca

Letca in Sălaj County

Letca within Romania

Coordinates: 47°20′04″N 23°27′18″E / 47.33444°N 23.45500°E / 47.33444; 23.45500
Country  Romania
County Sălaj County
Commune Letca
Historic region Transylvania
  Mayor Petru Cozma (Democratic Liberal Party)
Area 60.50 km2 (23.36 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1] 2,244
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website www.comunaletca.ro

Letca (Hungarian: Létka) is a commune located in Sălaj County, Romania. It is composed of nine villages: Ciula (Gyulaszeg), Cuciulat (Kocsoládfalva), Cozla (Kecskés), Letca, Lemniu (Lemény), Purcăreţ (Pórkerec), Şoimuşeni (Kővársolymos), Topliţa (Szamoshéviz) and Vălişoara (Dióspatak).


Purcăreţ village had 139 inhabitants at the 2002 census. It is located on the right bank of the Someș River, and borders Maramureș County. It is first attested in a document of 1543, referred to as Porkerecz. Other documents refer to it as Porkoricza (1553), Pwrkerecz, Purkerech (1566), Purkeritz (1733), Porkeresty (1750), Purkeretz (1760-1762), Purkuretz (1830), Purkuretzi (1850), Purkerecz, Purcureţi (1854), and finally Purcăreț (1966).[2] The noble family Lazăr of Purcăreț originates from this village.[3] The Wooden Church from Purcăreț is traditionally dated from 1698, although the Culture Ministry cites 1740 and researcher Ioana Cristache-Panait says it is from the first half of the 19th century.


Coordinates: 47°20′N 23°27′E / 47.333°N 23.450°E / 47.333; 23.450


  1. Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010
  2. Chendre-Roman, Gheorghe. Dicţionar etimologic al localităţilor din judeţul Sălaj. Editura Silvana, Editura Caiete Silvane, 2006, ISBN 973-7817-41-9
  3. National Archives of Romania, Sălaj County Branch, Lazăr of Purcăreț family fund, inventory number 131 (1720-1945)
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