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Galati

(4.1/5 based on 70+ reviews for 5 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, zoos & aquariums, historic sites
Galați is the capital city of Galați County, in the historical region of Moldavia, eastern Romania. Galați is the largest port town on the Danube River. In 2011, the Romanian census recorded 249,432 residents, making it the 8th most populous city in Romania. Galați is a major economic centre based around the Port of Galați, naval shipyard, the ArcelorMittal Galați steel plant and mineral exports.Etymology and namesThe name "Galați" is derived from the Cuman word galat. This word is borrowed from the Arabic word قَلْعَةٌ ', "fortress". Other etymologies have been suggested, such as the Serbian galac. However, the galat root appears in nearby toponyms, some of which show clearly a Cuman origin, for example Gălățui Lake', which has the typical Cuman -ui suffix for "water". Another toponym in the region is Galicia, with its town of Halych, locally associated with the jackdaw (Kawka, Halka). Before the Mongol invasion of Rus, Galați was known as Malyi Halych (Little Halych) as part of the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia. Other similar place names are Galich, Russia and Galatia in Turkey. Gaul might be a derivation from Galatia'', thus suggesting a Celtic origin. A similar pattern occurs with the Celtic-sounding word, Ligures, referring to "Caladaa" *=(a city of the Ligurian or Genoan territories). Galați translates to (Galatsi); ; ; ; ; (Galats); (Halats) and (Galats).
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