Bistra, Maramureș

Commune in Maramureș, Romania
Orthodox Church in Valea Vișeului
Orthodox Church in Valea Vișeului
Location in Maramureș County
Location in Maramureș County
(2020–2024) Vasile Duciuc[1] (PNL)
132.39 km2 (51.12 sq mi)
 • Density32/km2 (82/sq mi)
Time zoneEET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)
Vehicle reg.MM

Bistra (Romanian: Bistra; Ukrainian: Бистрий; Rusyn: Быстрый; Hungarian: Petrovabisztra) is a commune in Maramureș County, Maramureș, Romania. The Ukrainian border is located to the north of the commune. The first documentary mention of the settlement dates to 1411.


The commune is composed of three villages: Bistra, Crasna Vișeului (Hungarian: Petrovakraszna; Rusyn: Красна Вишовська) and Valea Vișeului (Hungarian: Visóvölgy; Ukrainian: Вишiвска Дοлина; Rusyn: Вишовська Долина).

Valea Vișeului

Valea Vișeului is a village in Bistra commune.

The village is located in a very attractive region. The Ukraine border with Romania is located in the north of the village. In the north-west of the village the river Vișeu joins the Tisza. The Vișeu also separates the village into two important areas : the main part of the village - on the right bank of the Vișeu - and Zaveschiva - on the left bank of the river. The village has two churches: an Orthodox church and a Catholic church. Valea Vișeului railway station is an important railway station in Maramureș County, the village having direct links with some of the main cities of Romania, like Bucharest, Timișoara, Cluj-Napoca or Mangalia (only in summer), and also with Ukraine - Rakhiv.


According to the 2011 census, the commune has a population of 4,133 inhabitants, of which 89% are Ukrainians and 10.5% Romanians. Because Ukrainians make up the majority of the population, the Ukrainian language is used beside Romanian for signage, education, access to justice and public services provided in both languages.

The population is divided by village as follows: 1018 in Bistra, 1471 in Valea Vișeului and 1644 in Crasna Vișeului.[3]


  • Valea Vișeului
    • Havrelo Clempuș, writer
    • Vasile Luțac, musician and teacher

Image gallery

  • Vișeu River in Valea Vișeului

    Vișeu River in Valea Vișeului

  • The village pictured from the left bank of the Vișeu River

    The village pictured from the left bank of the Vișeu River

  • Landscape


  • Entrance into Valea Vișeului

    Entrance into Valea Vișeului

  • The Orthodox Church in Valea Vișeului

    The Orthodox Church in Valea Vișeului

  • Railway station of Valea Vișeului

    Railway station of Valea Vișeului

  • Bistra village

    Bistra village


  1. ^ "Results of the 2020 local elections". Central Electoral Bureau. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  3. ^ (in Romanian) Presentation at the Bistra Town Hall site

External links

Media related to Bistra at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Valea Vişeului at Wikimedia Commons

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Coat of arms of Maramureș County