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AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW MILLENIUM Piatra Neamt, yesterday, today and tomorrow In a cloud of dust, on the pavement full of bumps, on which the dirty pools formed immemorial times reflect the Pietricica peak, on the “narrow street”, a man strives to put straight a wheel of his cart, getting in the way of three second-hand clothes merchants and a bus. The traffic jam is an image from my childhood; an image turned into a picture that today represents one of the most modern mountain-cities in Romania.

Imagine a wonderful painting in which, from a sea of still waves under the reddish sun of dawn, a beautiful country emerges. In the middle of it, among the mountain peaks surrounded by high mists, you can see, trembling in the morning rays, a setting with buildings of different sizes, and if you took the time to look through binoculars, you would see thousands of eyes looking out of the window at you.

The roads, the highway, small houses, big buildings, villas, shops, factories, parks, green grass, statues and, everywhere, people… I wonder what it will become in the next two, three or even ten years…

About Piatra Neamt

Geography and access  Piatra Neamţ lies in the Bistriţa River Valley, surrounded by

mountains - Pietricica (590 m), Cozla (679 m), Cernegura (852 m), Bâtca Doamnei (462 m) and Cârloman (617 m), at an average height of 345 m (1,131.89 ft).  The city is located 350 km north of the capital city of Bucharest, in

the historical region ofMoldavia. The nearest airport is Bacău, situated at 60 km south. Piatra Neamţ is linked by Romanian railway trunk number 509 to Bucharest and Iaşi, and by DN15 national road toBacău (therefore DN2 to Bucharest), Iaşi, Suceava, and Târgu Mureş (Transylvania).  The city is informally divided in several districts (in

Romanian: cartiere)

 Teatrul Tineretului  Piatra Neamţ is home to Teatrul Tineretului (Youth's Theatre), G. T. Kirileanu

library and many cultural events, including the International Theatre Festival in the springtime, the classical music event Vacanţe muzicale (musical holydays) in the summertime and more folkloric festivals all year round.  The "Petru Rareş" national college, "Calistrat Hogaş" national college, National College of Computer Science as well as "Victor Brauner" Fine Arts College are some of the most prestigious education centres in the Neamt county.  Starting with January 2009, Piatra Neamt is the host of a short film festival called "Filmul de Piatra" (derived from the name of the city "Piatra" which means stone (rock) and translated as "Stone-film Festival"). The 1st edition took place in the building of Teatrul Tineretului and other locations between 7th and 11 January 2009. The festival has a national short film competition (all genres) and awards each category. The agenda also includes selections of international shorts, awarded in major festivals throughout the world. Other special programmes include live concerts, skiing and workshops.

FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ is the local football (soccer) team; best performance : 4th round in UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999 after two matches versus Juventus Torino. Currently it plays in the first national league - Liga I.

 Former Fibrex Săvineşti, actually HCM Piatra Neamţ is the local

men's handball team, three times champions of Romania and two times winners of Handball Romania's Cup.  VC Unic Piatra Neamţ is the local women's volleyball team.

 Piatra Neamţ is the residence of Constantin "Ticu" Lăcătuşu, the first

Romanian alpinist who reached the top of Mount Everest.  The Piatra Neamţ Equestrian Stadium (Baza Hipică) is the host of

several show jumping and dressage international competitions.



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