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Scorniceşti

Scorniceşti is a town in Olt County, Romania. The town administers 13 villages (Bălţaţi, Bircii, Chiţeasca, Constantineşti, Jitaru, Mărgineni-Slobozia, Mihăileşti-Popeşti, Mogoşeşti, Negreni, Piscani, Rusciori, Şuica and Teiuş) and has a total area of 170 km², being the locality with the largest area in the county of Olt, surpassing even its capital Slatina.

Scorniceşti was the birthplace of communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu, who lived here until the age of 11, when he left for Bucharest to become a shoemaker. During his dictatorship, Ceauşescu wanted to make Scorniceşti a "model town" to house the newly-created "Socialist Man". So, in 1988, he began his plan by demolishing the traditional village houses and replacing them with apartment buildings, and changed the status of the place from "village" to "city" (however, the bulldozers did not destroy the leader's birth home, which is now one of the local attractions).

Ceauşescu also built a large stadium (with a capacity of 30,000 spectators) for the local football team, FC Olt, which, with the help of the Ceauşescus, was promoted to Divizia A. Nowadays, the team plays in the Olt County Championship.

Dinel Staicu, a Romanian millionaire, announced that he is building a museum in Scorniceşti dedicated to Ceauşescu.

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