Crişana is a historical region located in the western part of Romania and whose natural boundaries are the Tisza River to the west, the Mureş River to the south, the Western Carpathians (the Apuseni Mountains) to the east and the river Someş to the north.
The name Crişana derives from the name of the three tributaries of the river Criş that crosses the region from east (the Apuseni Mountains) to west (it flows into the river Tisza): Crişul Alb, Crişul Negru and Crişul Repede.
In ancient times, Crişana was inhabited by the Dacians. By the end of the twelfth century, in the anonymous chronicle Gesta Hungarorum addressed to the Hungarian king Béla III (1172-1196) there are refrences about Menumorut, the governor of the territories between the rivers Mureş, Tisza and the Apuseni Mountains, territories inhabited by Romanians with the capital government in Biharea. As a result of the attacks of the Magyar migratory tribes (year 896), Menumorut loses the western part of his territories.
On December 1st 1918, Crişana's deputies together with those of Banat, Maramureş and Transylvania unanimously decide the Union with Romania. Two years later, Crişana is divided between the current borders of Romania and Hungary.
The places that are worth visiting in Crişana are:
- the city of Oradea
- Băile Felix Resort
- the Royal Castle Săvîrşin
- the Karoly Castle
- the Porolissum Fort
- the Cave of the Bears
- the waterfall The Veil of the Bride
- the Fortress Şoimoş
- Stina of Vale Resort.
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