The commune was set up in mid-18th century when many locals from Răşinari who had had enough of the Saxons’ abuses left their village and moved along the Sadu Valley where they built their huts. They say that the Ciupariu, Bebera, Mailat and Fleşchin families were the first to have moved here and set up the four hamlets of the Râu Sadului commune which we know today.
In the past the locals used to raise animals and grow fruit trees. They would pass the mountains with their carriages loaded with fruits, cheese, wool and meat produce which they sold in the big fairs from Wallachia. Nowadays, most of the locals work in wood processing and shepherding. The wooden huts from the surrounding slopes give the region a picturesque aspect; sheepfolds are located far from the village, scattered through the Cindrel and Lotru mountains.
14 km upstream from Râu Sadului lies the Sadu V Hydropower Plant built at the middle of the last century. And it is still here, in the Sadului Valley Gorge, at 1154 m of altitude that lies the Gâtu Berbecului dam with the Negovanu artificial lake; Râu Sadului may also be the starting point for hikes to Păltiniş, the Cindrel Summit or Ştefleşti.
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On May 21st, on St. Constantine and Elena, the locals from Râu Sadului organise their flocks. They decide on the shepherds who will go up the mountain with the flocks and establish the obligations of the sheepfold owners towards the shepherds. Then the sheep are marked depending on the families they belong to.
The four hamlets from Râu Sadului are served by just one church. It is located in Beberani and it was built in mid-19th century. It has three bells which can be heard from all hamlets and from the surrounding huts.
Coordonate GPS: 45.62 N, 24.06 E