The length of the Dâmbovița River is 237 kilometers. It flows from the Fagaras Mountains in Romania, through the Romanian capital, and empties into the Argeș River.
On the river banks Bucharest was born as a small town, and throughout hundreds of years the river was mainly a source of drinking water for the residents.
In order to make Bucharest a trading giant, it was not enough to be a city on a river in Romania . It was backed up by Mircea I of Wallachia, the grandfather of Vlad the Impaler, known for his terrifying nickname, "Dracula." Mircea I, the ruler of Wallachia at the time, built in Bucharest a protective fortress, named Dâmbovița, with which he planned to protect the city from invaders, like the Turks and Tatars.
It succeeded, because this is how Bucharest developed, and became a meeting point for trade from around Romania. To its stance as a great trade city, there was also the city's location on two river banks, the Dâmbovița River, and further along, about 70 kilometers from Bucharest the large Danube River.