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Călărași, the capital of Călărași County in the Muntenia region, is situated in south-east Romania, on the bank of Danube's Borcea branch, at about 12km from the Bulgarian border and 125kmfrom Bucharest.The city is an industrial centre for lumber and paper, food processing, glass manufacturing, textiles, medical equipment production and heavy industry, the last represented by the Călărași steel works. The city is known colloquially as "Capșa provinciei" (the Capşa from the provinces).HistoryThe site of a prehistoric village, called Lichiresti from the time of Michael the Brave. Călărași appeared for the first time in 1700 on a map drawn by Constantin Cantacuzino. It got its name after it was made by the Wallachian princes, in the 17-th century, a station of "mounted couriers' service" on the route from Bucharest to Istanbul. The service was operated by horseback riders (the călărași). It expanded into a small town, and in 1834 became the surrounding county's capital.TransportationCălărași is connected by DN3, DN21, DN31 and DN3B. Also A2 ("The Sun's Motorway") has 3 exits for Călărași, at Lehliu Gară (about 50km NW), Dragalina (about 30km N) and Feteşti (about 40km NE). The city lies on the seventh pan-European corridor of transport(the Danube river) and is next to the fourth pan-European transport corridor(Dresden - Constanța) at 26km. The town is connected by rail (table 802 CFR).
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