Brief History

A little bit of history…


Magurele city is in the South-West of Bucharest. The city is close to Bucharest, easily accessible by car. Magurele is famous for its research, education and industrial units that are enjoying both national and international interest. The Institute of Atomic Physics (Romanian: Institutul de Fizica Atomica, IFA), the National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering,  the Faculty of Physics of the University of Bucharest  are all located in Magurele.


The Magurele Hotel-Restaurant complex, commonly referred to as the ‘Magulele Platform’,  is situated in the middle of Magurele.

This complex offers accommodation, dining and beauty services. The hotel has 64 rooms distributed on four levels. The rooms have 2 or 3 beds, bathroom, central heating, TV. We also offer free parking.

The hotel has two salons with a capacity of 240 places. Our guests can enjoy there freshly made specialities of Romanian traditional and international cuisines. We also have a vast experience in accommodating protocol and festive meals, including weddings.

The first mentioning of the place in the documents dates back to the year 1852. However, archaeological works revealed artefacts from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic eras.

The name of the city is linked to one famous battle of Mihai Viteazu who camped with his troops in Magurele before the fight against the Turks, Calugareni 1595.

At the end of the 19 century, Magurele was a rural place with 1351 inhabitants. It could be then when the place starts to link its name to the education system. Besides the three churches – Dumitrana, Ghermani and Otetelișanu- Magurele also hosts several schools. One of them was teaching courses in cooking, household, tailoring and similar, besides the normal curricula.

In 1981 Magurele became part of Ilfov sector, and from 1997 it became part of Ilfov county.

In 1957, the first VVRS nuclear reactor, a fission reactor, and the first U120-type cyclotron in Eastern Europe, of Soviet origin, but installed outside the borders of the Soviet Union, were inaugurated at the Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA) from Magurele. Its follower is IFIN – Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering “Horia Hulubei”. In 2002, the nuclear reactor was shut down permanently.

The Institute of Atomic Physics will host a part of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project, , which aims at building a laser that is  1,000 times more powerful than the largest existing laser in the world.