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Galați is in East Romania, situated on the Danube river on the border of Moldavia. In 2011 it had around two and a half million inhabitants.

Galați, alongside the River Danube. (Source: 'Discover Galați [ ]

Romania's history has been tempestuous, particularly the period of the second world war and its aftermath. Cities includiing Galați were bombed by both sides over the course of the war, including raids by the Soviet Air Forces and, later, the German Luftwaffe.

After the second world Romania became a one party communist state, later led by Nicolae Ceaușescu from 1965 –1989. Ceaușescu began as an independent minded leader but his period in power ended as a personal dictatorship. After Ceaușescu, Romania held open elections and became a member of the EU. This has enabled economic renewal but there have also been recurring political disputes.

Today Galați, itself, is a commercial centre with ship building and steel its most important industries. Galați is not known as a tourist centre but it does get visitors from around the world. Discover Galați lists the attractions. There is a history museum, art gallery, village museum and Roman ruins to visit. There are churches from a wide variety of traditions including Romanian, Bulgarian and Greek Orthodox as well as a Catholic cathedral. Galați once had a strong Jewish tradition but today there is just one remaining synagogue. Galați has many green spaces including a lake, several public gardens and parks. It has a botanical Garden and in summer impromptu beaches by the River Danube. The main tourist centre is along the waterfront where there are various restaurants and bars as well as a theatre and clubs. If visiting be aware that it has a continental climate - it is very hot in summer and very cool in winter.

With EU membership, large numbers of Romanians have found work in other countries, including England. There is a small Romanian community in Coventry and an active Romanian Orthodox Church (this is on Acacia Avenue, CV1).

To find out more about Romanians in England visit the Romanian cultural centre in London - or click here.