The Commune of Corbu

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The Corbu commune is localised between Bistrița Mountains (Mt. Comarnic) and Giurgeu Mountains ( of the subgroup of Borsec Mountains ) and on the valley of the river Bistricioara, an affluent of the river Bistrița. The Corbu crest (1,173 m.) rises to south of Capu Corbului; to south of Corbu – the Corhan Mountain, and to the north – the Bâtca Arsurilor Peak (1,385 m. ). To the south – east it neighbours the commune of Tulgheș and the town of Borsec to the west, as well as Bilbor to the north – east. The hydrographical network is formed of the river Bistricioara with its affluents: Vinul Mare from west, Pârâul Savului from north, Argintăria Satului and Barasău and Pârâul Corbu from south.

According to the census conducted in 2011, the population of the Corbu commune reaches the number of 1,520 inhabitants, but compared to the 2002 census, when there were 1,601 inhabitants registered, the numbers are decreasing. Most of them are Romanian ( 83.95 % ). The main minorities are the Hungarian ( 9.01 % ) and the Roma ( 4.74 % ). For 2.3 % of the population, the ethnicity is unknown.

In what concerns the confession, most of the inhabitants are Orthodox (87.95 %), with a minority of Roman-Catholics ( 9.08 % ). For 2.43 % of the population, the confession is unknown.

Corbu commune and Capu Corbului are situated on DN 15, which connects Toplița to Târgu Mureș and Bacău. Following the DJ 174 B, which is an unmodernised forest road, one may reach Bilbor.

The main professions of the inhabitants are: the primary processing of wood, livestock farming ( favoured by the many pastures and meadows ), farming ( a small percent of the fields are arable ), fish farming ( in Corbu there are six trout farms ), beekeeping.

On Valea Corbului there is a micro-hydropower plant.

The locality is electrified, connected to a sewerage network serving the centre of the commune, equipped with an inspectorate for emergency services. Also, the inhabitants have access to land line services (via optic fibre) and mobile services, as well as cable TV.

There are two primary schools for the 1st to 8th classes and one high school. The medical office is served by a GP.

The climate in the area is of mountain type, chilly, with an annual thermic average of 4ºC, with rich rainfalls of approx. 800 mm. per year.

Formerly the commune belonged to Tulgheș.

In 1837 there was a lead mine by the village border.

Around the commune there are: the Bâtca Rocks, the Narcissus Meadow – for which steps are being taken to declare it a reserve, 5 mineral water springs and the Tunnels built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In the commune there are also: the Cemetery of the First World War Romanian Heroes               (located in the yard of the Orthodox church from Capu Corbului , containing 40 individual graves ), the Monument of the First World War Romanian Heroes ( an obelisk raised in 1930 in the yard of the Corbu church ). The names of the 60 soldiers fallen in the line of duty and the regiments of which they were part are written on the front side of the monument.

Local personalities

Valer Dorneanu – attorney and politician, President of the Chamber of Deputies between 15th of December 2000 and December 2004.

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