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Drobeta-Turnu Severin

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Things to do: nature, sightseeing, historic sites
Drobeta-Turnu Severin is a city in Mehedinţi County, Oltenia, Romania, on the left bank of the Danube, below the Iron Gates.The city administers three villages: Dudașu Schelei, Gura Văii, and Schela Cladovei. The city's population is 86,475, up from 18,628 in 1900.Geography and climateIt is situated in western Oltenia, at the edge of the Topolnița depression, 220 km south-east of Timişoara, 113 km west of Craiova and 353 km west of Bucharest.The region's climate gives Severin warm summers and mild winters, meaning the city is home to magnolia trees, Caucasian nut trees, and gingko biloba as well as the almond trees, figs, lilacs, lindens, and chestnut trees more common throughout Europe. The climate in the region can be classified as a "sub-Mediterranean climate".EtymologyThe city was originally linked by historians with the Roman Empereor Severus, however its name is derived from Old Church Slavonic severno ("northern"), from sěverъ, "north", being the "city of the north". The name of Turnu ("Tower") refers to a tower on the north bank of the Danube built by the Byzantines.HistoryThe first written document, mentioning the city 1,870 years earlier, was commemorated in 1992.
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