Argeș River
none The Argeş in Mihăilești-Cornetu
The Argeş in Mihăilești-Cornetu
Countries Romania
Counties Argeș, Dâmbovița, Ilfov, Giurgiu, Călărași
Tributaries
 - left Buda, Râul Doamnei, Dâmbovița
 - right Capra, Neajlov
Cities Curtea de Argeș, Pitești, Oltenița
Source
 - location Făgăraș Mountains, junction of headwaters Buda and Capra near Arefu
 - elevation 2,030 m (6,660 ft)
Mouth Danube
 - location Oltenița
 - coordinates 44°3′33″N 26°37′1″E / 44.05917, 26.61694
Length 350 km (217 mi)
Basin 12,600 km² (4,865 sq mi)
The Argeș in Romania
The Argeș in Romania


Argeș is a river of Southern Romania. It starts at the junction of headwaters Buda and Capra in the Făgăraș Mountains, in the Southern Carpathians and flows into the Danube at Oltenița.

The main city on the Argeș is Pitești. Upstream, it is retained by the Vidraru Dam, which has created Lake Vidraru.

Name[edit | edit source]

The river is believed to be the same as Ὀρδησσός Ordessus, a name mentioned by Ancient Greek historian Herodotus.[1] The etymology of Argeș is not clear. Traditionally, it was considered that it's derived from the ancient name, through a reconstructed term, *Argessis. The capital of Dacian leader Burebista was named Argedava, but it appears that it has no link with the name for the river.[2]

An alternate etymology derives the name of the river from a Pecheneg word, transliterated into Romanian as argiș (meaning "higher ground"). The earliest recorded variants of the name, referring to the city of Curtea de Argeș (lit. "The Court on the Argeș"), also suggest a derivation from this word: Argyas (1369), Argies (1379), Arghiș (1427), the river probably taking the name of the city.[2]

Localities[edit | edit source]

The following localities are situated along the river Argeș, from source to mouth: Căpățânenii Ungureni, Căpățânenii Pământeni, Poienari, Corbeni, Bucșenești, Rotunda, Albeștii Ungureni, Albeștii Pământeni, Curtea de Argeș, Zigoneni, Băiculești, Argeșani, Stejari, Mănicești, Vâlcelele, Malu Vânăt, Merișani, Borlești, Vărzaru, Dobrogostea, Schiau, Bascov, Pitești, Golești, Catanele, Coşeri, Căteasca, Baloteasca, Găești, Bolintin-Deal, Adunații-Copăceni, and Oltenița.


Hydro energy[edit | edit source]

The Argeş River and some of its tributaries are used for hydro energy.[3] The hydroelectrical system consists of several dams, lakes, tunnels and power plants.[4] The lakes built on the Argeş River are: Vidraru, Oiești, Cerbureni, Curtea de Argeș, Zigoneni, Merișani, Budeasa, Bascov, Pitești, Călinești (or Golești), Zăvoiu (near Mătăsaru), Ogrezeni and Mihăilești.[5] There are dams also on its tributaries.

Tributaries[edit | edit source]

Argeş has for its left tributaries: Buda, Valea cu Pești, Valea Lupului, Limpedea, Chiciura, Valea Iașului, Vâlsan, Valea Satului, Râul Doamnei, Râncaciov, Cârcinov, Budișteanca, Sabar, Câlnău, Dâmbovița, Rasa, and Luica.

Its tributaries on the right are Capra, Cumpăna, Valea lui Stan, Arefu, Bănești, Valea Danului, Tutana, Schiau, Bascov, Neajlov and Zboiul.

View of Lake Vidraru on the Argeș River

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ George Ioan Brătianu, Une énigme et un miracle historique: le peuple roumain, Editura Ştiinţifică şi Enciclopedică, Bucharest, 1989, p.138
  2. ^ a b Alexandru Madgearu, "Români şi pecenegi în sudul Transilvaniei", in Zeno-Karl Pinter, Ioan-Marian Ţiplic, Maria-Emilia Ţiplic (eds.), Relaţii interetnice în Transilvania, Sec. VI-XIII, Editura Economică, Bucharest, p.117. ISBN 973-709-158-2
  3. ^ http://www.hidroelectrica.ro/Details.aspx?page=37
  4. ^ http://www.hydrop.pub.ro/bpcap1-3.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.rowater.ro/daarges/Documente%20Planuri%20bazinale/15.%20Tabel%20Acumulari%20permanente%20frontale.pdf

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Administraţia Naţională Apelor Române, Cadastrul Apelor, Bucharest
  • Institutul de Meteorologie şi Hidrologie, Rîurile României, Bucharest, 1971


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