The Pătârlagele courthouse

Location of Pătârlagele

Coordinates: 45°19′8″N 26°21′35″E / 45.31889°N 26.35972°E / 45.31889; 26.35972Coordinates: 45°19′8″N 26°21′35″E / 45.31889°N 26.35972°E / 45.31889; 26.35972
Country  Romania
County Buzău County
Status Town
  Mayor Ion Gherghiceanu (PNL)
  Total 80.45 km2 (31.06 sq mi)
Population (2002)
  Total 8,290
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Pătârlagele (also spelled Pătîrlagele; pronounced [pətɨrˈlad͡ʒele]) is a town in Buzău County, Romania. In 2002 it had a population of 8,414.


Pătârlagele is located in the western part of the county, along the national road connecting Buzău and Braşov. It lies in the Pătârlagele hollow, between the Carpathian Mountains and the Subcarpathian Hills.

The town administers fourteen villages: Calea Chiojdului, Crâng, Fundăturile, Gornet, Lunca, Mănăstirea, Mărunţişu, Muşcel, Poienile, Sibiciu de Sus, Stroeşti, Valea Lupului, Valea Sibiciului and Valea Viei.



Historical population
2002 8,290    
2011 7,135−13.9%
Source: Census data

The first evidence of the existence of the Pătârlagele commune dates back from 1524-1527 , but it probably existed before the establishment of the medieval state of Wallachia.

The name Pătârlagele comes from the German form of the name Peter (in Romanian, Petre or Petru), and the German word lager, meaning camp. The German origin of the name can only be explained by the presence of the Teutonic knights on the other side of the Carpathians, in Ţara Bârsei, during the years 1211-1225 and their conquest of the Buzău Mountains, where they raised fortifications against the Cumans.

Pătârlagele Commune received town rights in 2004.

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