Constanta is Romania’s second largest city and its largest port. It was established 2700 years ago by the old Greeks and gently embraces its past. A long time ago the fortress named Tomis was very attractive for its neighbors because it is situated in a rich and hospitable area. The Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans hung their flags on the city walls. It is said that the present name was given by the Byzantine emperor, Constantine the Great, in honor of his sister, Constantia. In 1878, following the War of independence, the cities returned under the Romanian administration. Traces of this stormy history can be seen today in the quiet streets of the city, as within a spectacular open air museum. Within the archaeological park on Ferdinand Avenue, a walk alongside stone columns, stoned alleys, and former craft shops will introduce you to the old fortress’s atmosphere. The spectacular Roman Edifice with Mozaique, the famous Roman Tharmae, and the Antique Basilicas are monuments that still keep the ancient fragrance.

Due to the different foreign occupations that have ruled Cosmopolite city, Constanta now shelters many Turk, Tatar, Armenian, Jewish, Greek and Ukrainian communities. All this ethnic mixing makes the town’s architecture sometimes serious, other times extravagant, but definitely special. The “Sf. Maria” Armenian Church build in 1890, the “Metamorphosis” Greek Church from the Ottoman occupation (1867), the synagogue of the Jewish community, the “St. Anton” Roman Catholic Church, and the Great Mosque, together create a special atmosphere, with a most unusual flavor. You cannot go to Constanta without seeing the Casino, a symbol of the city; situated on the promenade and with its white exterior walls, the building seems to be born from the sea foam. Starting from this point, a walk along the sea cliff, accompanied by the cool breeze shall take you to the statue of Ovid, lying in the square with the same name. The statue portrays a beautiful man wearing a toga with that antique Roman serenity and elegance that always impressed us.

In order to better understand the city, you should visit the National Archaeology Museum (with a collection of pipes), Ovid’s statue, the Art museum, the Ethnographic museum and the Romanian Marine museum. The following special places in Constanta are a real delight for children and adults: the Delphinarium, the Planetarium and the Aquarium with marine fauna from the Black Sea and the Danube Delta and. Besides these, in Tomis port you can start a cruise along the city banks or you can taste the local or international cuisine in one of the many restaurants along the promenade.

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