Ploiesti,also known as "black gold town", keeps traces of history and civilization on these parts, being certified since 1599 as a borough of Mihai Viteazul, following to experience a major industrial and economic development from 19th century, in particular because of petroleum processing.
The legend says that long before the founding of Romanian Country(14th century) in a meadow at the north edge of the endless Vlăsiei Woods, halted a shepherd,Moș Ploaie( Santa Rain), along with his seven sons andtheir herds.They found good grass for the sheep, and some fertile land for agriculture, so he has not gone further, but he built houses for himself and his children, founding a settlement to which he gave his name.
Once here, you can visit unique museums in Romania (Nicolae Simache Clock Museum and the National Oil Museum), houses with great architectural treasures, hiding unsuspected Romanian and universal culture, and more.
Monuments: the Hunters Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the Statue of DobrogeanuGherea, the Statue of NichitaStanescu, the Statue of TomaCaragiu, the Statue of Mihai Viteazul.
Museums: the Nicolae Simache Clock Museum, unique in Romania; the Prahova Museum of History and Archaeology; the County Museum of Art, the County Museum of Natural Sciences; the I.L.Caragiale Memorial Museum, the National Oil Museum, unique in Romania, the Museum of the Man, recently modernized; the Paul Constantinescu Memorial Museum with the old piano in south-eastern Europe and among the first in Central Europe;the Târgoveţ House Museum; the Aquarium, with over 60 species of fish from all around the world.
Memorial houses : The Memorial House of Nichita Stanescu
Historical buildings : Nicolae Iorga County Library with over 350,000 volumes; Central Marketsbuilding, the most modern in Europe at its time of launch (1935), the Palace of Culture, the Toma Caragiu Theatre, Ion Luca Caragiale High School, the Radu Stanian House.
Churches : the Church of St. Voivodes (1628-1648, recovery in 1712) with interior murals, the Old St. Nicholas Church (XVIth century, rebuilding 1988-1990),founded by Mihai Vitezul,the Royal Church-St. Peter and Paul (1639) built by MateiBasarab, Church of St. Panteleimon (1819), the Precista Church (1820), built in Byzantine style,the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church (recovery 1894), the Old St. George Church (1831-1832) with its bell tower (1830) of 35 m, the Church of St. Athanasius (1848), the St. George-New Church(1844-1846),the St. Basil Church (1857),the St. Haralambos Church (XIXth century), the St . Friday Church(1875-1880),with its paintings originating from Ghe. Tăttărărescu, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Business tourism is very important for Ploiesti, hotels providing conference rooms and specific services.
In Ploiesti and surroundings one can practice various sports, from football, tennis, skating to riding and parachuting. Trotting can be seen at the Ploiesti Hippodrome, and rallies can be seen atStrejnicaerodrome and Băneşti aerodrome.