Ormenis Commune has been known over time under various names: in the Transylvanian Saxon dialect ? as Irmesch, in German ? Ermesch, Irmesch, Irmesch bei Borlat and in Hungarian ? Ürmös. The locality has a mixed population, made up of Hungarians, Romanians and Romani and it is part of Brasov County, Transylvania, Romania.
Various archaeologists were interested in this locality; they discovered in the village several tombs from the Roman Age and dinosaur fossils. There are also some old legends reminding that giants used to live in this area and they say that the king of giants dropped his sceptre into the sea and this is how the old region Tinutul Barsei appeared.
In the Olt Narrows
Ormenis is one of the Romanian establishments from Rupea area and it still preserves their particularities. It is located in the North-Western part of Brasov County, at 45 km from the town. It has an altitude of 426 meters and it is situated at the junction of Tara Barsei and the middle Olt river region, divided by Olt Narrows, between Racos and Augustin. It is bordered to the West and North by Lunca Oltului, which makes the border with Covasna County, to the South by the administrative territory of Apata Commune and to the West by Racos Commune. Ormenis Commune belongs to the depression couloir Olt, a part of the natural district of the intermountain depression of Tara Barsei.
First Documented Mention
The first unofficial documents date back to 1594, where it is mentioned aside Dopca and Hoghiz as an establishment of the serf family Sukosd in Racosul de Jos locality. In 1694,
György Rákóczi I legally donates Ormenis locality to the family Maurel from Ardeal region. This family owned the locality up to 1848, when it was released of serfdom. The locals lived around Tipia Citadel, and, after the Turkish and Tartars invasion, they withdrew to the opposite side of the mountain, where nowadays also lays the locality.
? "Tepeiul Ormenisului", approximately 9 km far from the village, on the North-North-Western side, on the left bank of Olt river, being a hallstattian fortified settlement; 11th century ? fortified Dacian establishment ? Latene, Geto-Dacian culture, 1st century B.C. ? 1st century A.D. ? Dacian sanctuaries.
? A hunting castle pertaining to the Rákóczi family.
? Ormenis fossils place ? protected area, placed inside the locality, measuring 0.4 hectares.