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About Oroszhegy

Dealu or Oroszhegy (Romanian: Dealu; Hungarian: Oroszhegy) is a commune in Harghita County, Romania comprising 7 villages:

  • Dealu/Oroszhegy
  • Fâncel/Székelyfancsal
  • Sâncrai/Székelyszentkirály
  • Tămaşu/Székelyszenttamás
  • Tibod/Tibód
  • Ulcani/Ülke
  • Valea Rotundă/Uknyéd

The commune has an absolute Székely (Hungarian) majority.
According to the 2002 census it has a population of 2,837 of which 98.48% or 2,794 are Hungarian. Oroszhegy is one of the most important villages of Hargita county in consideration of teritory and population.

The village lies 20 km far from Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc) in the valley of rivers Bosnyák and Balé. With Diafalva they lies in the higher place of Harghita County. The villages are situated at 800-1000 m altitude above sea level.

They first name „Uriczhegy” is mentioned at first time in the papal note from 1333.

In the medieval years Oroszhegy was a catholic village, but after the reformation in the 1600 years the population swiched the reformed religion. In 1630 they returned ti catholic religion. From 1748 there is a catholic chruch in the commune.

The name of Oroszhegy is inseparable from the horse breeding and plum brandy.

The plum brandy of Oroszhegy is famous all over the world.

Photo: Szakáts Géza

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