Constanta

Constanta -One of the oldest settlements in Romania that still keeps valuable traces of Greek, Roman and Ottoman dominance.

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One of the oldest settlements in Romania that still keeps valuable traces of Greek, Roman and Ottoman dominance.

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CONSTANŢA – The town was founded in the 5th century B.C., by Greek colonists from Milet and was known as Tomis. During the Roman occupation, Tomis became a metropolis full with temples, statues and architectural monuments. When Constantinopole became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, the fortress was rebuilt by the Emperor Constantin the Great who changed its name into Constantiana, after his sister. After losing the Roman dominance, the city totally declined and became a small village. The only proves of its existence are the maritime maps of the Italian merchants and the building, in the 13th century of the Genovese Lighthouse. The Turkish domination (1393-1420) led to the total decline of the settlement until the middle of the 19th century. The city rose again after 1873 when Dobrogea united with Romania, after the War of Independence. Today in the city you can find either vestiges of the ancient flourishing period of the town, or modern history traces (Mohamed II Mosque – evokes the Ottoman domination or buildings like the Casino built in the Rococo style, reminding of the fashionable lifestyle from the beginning of the century).
Constanta Dobrudja

The Black Sea and the Danube Delta

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