Constanța tourist guide

Constanța is more than a walk to the sea

About Constanta (CT)

Constanța is the county seat of Constanta county. The city is located in Dobrogea, in the South-East of Romania, and is a port on the Black Sea. The well-known resort of Mamaia is a component of Constanta from an administrative point of view.

Average altitude: 25 meters

Area: 125 square kilometers

Population: about 300,000 inhabitants, of which over 80% are Orthodox Romanians.

Coordinates: 44°10′24″N 28°38′18″E

Constanța in the past

Constanta is one of the oldest cities in our country, the first documentary attestation being from the 7th century AD. with reference to the Greek colony Tomis. Here is the name of Constanta in other languages ​​according to the wiki: in ancient Greek – Tόμις – Tomis, in Latin – Tomis Constantiana, in Greek – Κωνστάντζα – Konstandza, in Ottoman Turkish – كو ستنجه – Köstendje, in Turkish – Köstence, in Bulgarian – Кюстенджа – Kiustendja

Route Map

(click on objectives for extended version)

1. The enclosure wall

The address is on Bulevardul Ferdinand.

We follow a loop route represented in the map above that includes most of the city’s tourist attractions located in the Center area, in the Peninsula. I did not include the Dolphinarium / Planetarium and the Mamaia resort here.

The enclosure wall of the Tomis Fortress is longer, but the most famous and interesting access point is the one near the three gates of the North Gate and the bust of Vasile Parvan. The wall was built in IIIrd century and is part of the Museum of History and Archeology of Constanta, located in the City Hall Park, in the open air. The Tomis fortress was built during the Roman rule.

 

The enclosure wall

The enclosure wall

Vasile Pârvan

2. The Museum of the Romanian Navy

The address is Strada Traian 53.

Open Wednesday – Sunday 9:30 – 16:00

We cross the park and to the right, on Traian Street, I recommend visiting an interesting museum – the Museum of the Romanian Navy. Where does the pedestrian area of ​​bd. Tomis we were photographing the Lupa Capitolina statue.

 

Lupa Capitolina statue

Lupa Capitolina statue

roman soldier

3. Muzeul de Artă Populară

The address is Tomis Boulevard 32. Traian Street 53.

Open daily between 9 am and 7 pm

At the entrance to the pedestrian area of ​​Tomis boulevard, on the left is the Folk Art Museum. It presents folk costumes and folk crafts.

 

Museum of Folk Art

4. Hunkiar Mosque

The address is 41 Tomis Boulevard.

The minaret of the mosque rises above the fences that surround it. The mosque was founded by Sultan Abdulaziz in the 19th century. It is made of carved stone. In the pedestrian area of ​​the Peninsula, where we are, there are many terraces, and in the evening the area is animated by those who take a walk towards the port.

 

Hunkiar Mosque

Hunkiar Mosque

terraces in the center

5. The Great Synagogue

The address is Strada Constantin A. Rosetti 2.

Unfortunately, this mosaic place of worship is permanently closed and is falling into ruin every day. A work of conservation and renovation of at least the exterior would be welcome.

Great Synagogue

6. Roman Mosaic, Tomis Fortress Walls and Roman Baths

Adresa este Strada Termele Romane.

Following the streets that lead to the port, to the right, we have the opportunity to go down some stairs to the street Termele Romane and to look to the left towards the back of the Museum of Archeology which contains the famous Roman mosaic, to walk under the walls of the fortress next to the Termele Romans through Carol I Park.
After the baths, we go up the stairs again at the end of the street to the Statue of Anghel Saligny.
to have a wonderful view towards…

 

behind the Mosaic

Roman baths

walls of the Roman fortress Tomis

Anghel Saligny

7. Constanța Maritime Port

For several years, partial access to the seaport has been allowed, where there is also a large parking lot for tourists, and the double-decker bus has a route that leads to the Constanta Port Museum and the Queen’s Nest, one of the places where Queen Maria retired to admire the sea. Sometimes you can go even further, through the military port, to the White Lighthouse, on the northern pier. Did you know about these places?

 

Maritime Port

Maritime Port

8. Ion Jalea Sculpture Museum

The address is Strada Arhiepiscopiei 26.

Visiting schedule: Wednesday – Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m

At the belvedere point, next to the statue of Saligny, in a beautiful one-story villa, there is the Ion Jalea Sculpture Museum. It presents over 100 works of the sculptor.

Sculpture Museum

9. The Orthodox Archbishopric Cathedral of Tomis

The address is Strada Arhiepiscopiei 25.

Next to other Roman remains brought to light by archaeologists, to the left of the museum, stands out the huge Orthodox Archbishop’s Cathedral of Tomis, dedicated to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

Orthodox cathedral

10. The Black Sea and the sea front

We descend next to the statue of Queen Elisabeta, aka the poet Carmen Silva, the one who loved the Black Sea so much. We continue walking on the Black Sea front, among the seagulls, looking towards the stabilopods brought to protect the shore, at the almost non-existent waves of the sea.

 

Carmen Silva

11. The Casino

The address is Regina (Queen) Elisabeta Boulevard no. 4.

The cliff attracts our attention and especially the steps towards the Casino. Phew! The symbol of Constanta – The casino has been struggling for years to become beautiful again, to look good in the pictures. After many years of ruin and stagnation, some works are happening there. I had the chance to visit it in a state of ruin within a year, and it hurt my chest. How many pictures I used to take as a child with the “”alive”” Casino. It was not a tourist not to take a photo with this architectural masterpiece or to buy pictures of the Casino. The casino was built in 1909-1910 and was… a famous casino, but also organized balls and shows.

 

casino

casino

12. The Aquarium

The address is Regina (Queen) Elisabeta Boulevard no. 1.

It is open daily between 9 am and 8 pm

Opposite the Casino is the Aquarium, which is part of the Natural Science Museum Complex together with the Dolphinarium and the Planetarium and the Microreserve. The Dolphinarium and the Planetarium are located at 255 Bd. Mamaia.

The aquarium is named after Prof. Ion Borcea. The building was built in 1955. It presents over 2,000 marine animals from about 60 species and is attacked in the summer by children on vacation at the sea. Although it is not large and is not modernized at the level of our years, it remains an important point of attraction of the city, located on the Black Sea front.

 

Aquarium

Aquarium

13. Casino Sea Front

The sea front offers several angles of view of the sea, of ships at sea or of smaller boats from a closer plane. Lovers, families, tourists take many pictures here. I really like two monuments on the upper embankment, in Casino Park, namely a fountain and the Roman Sailors Monument.

fountain

monument of Romanian sailors

14. The Genovese Lighthouse and Eminescu’s Statue

The address is Strada Remus Opreanu no. 12.

Up, at the end of the upper alley of the cliff, where the road also makes a larger curve, is the Genovese Lighthouse, and close to it is the Statue of Mihai Eminescu and Veronica Micle who gaze uninterruptedly at the sea, a double inspiration for our national poet. I greet you from the seafront next to the former building of the Naval Command, another building in severe deterioration.

 

The Genoese lighthouse

statue of Mihai Eminescu

15. Tomis Tourist Port

The seafront ends in the parking lot of the Tourist Port, where many visitors choose to have a meal or a drink at the terraces around the port. From this port, small boats, some private, others intended for tourists, go out to the waves and currents of the sea.

Black Sea

Tomis tourist port

16. Carol I Mosque

The address is Strada Crangului no. 1.

it can be visited daily between 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m

From the port, we climb a steep path next to the ruins of a monumental hotel, what a shame!, to choose the shortest path to the Charles I Mosque, whose minaret is a very good landmark from a distance, considering that it is 2 steps from Ovidiu Square, the city center. The mosque built in 1910 is a popular attraction of Constanta, from the balcony of the minaret there is a 360 panorama for those who climb. It is an active Muslim place of worship. The large carpet on the ground floor in the prayer hall is a valuable one, and the mosque is partially painted inside. It is one of the places very dear to me.

Charles I Mosque

17. National Museum of History and Archaeology. Roman Building with Mosaic.

The address is Piata Ovidiu.

Open daily 9 – 19

A remarkable and very valuable museum of history and archeology. Part of it is hosted by the tall building in the square, but exhibits are also found in the open air around the building.

The highlight is the Roman Mosaic Building, part of the museum, but with separate access, which we saw from the back a little earlier during our walk, here we have the opportunity to enter the museum hall with the famous 2000-year-old mosaic building year old.

 

museum of history and archaeology

Roman Building with Mosaic

museum of history and archaeology

museum of history and archaeology

18. Ovidiu Square and the Statue of Ovidius Publius Naso

Ovidiu Square is the center of the Old Center located in the Peninsula. In the middle of the square is the statue of Ovdiu, more precisely of the ancient poet Publius Ovidius Naso.
Ovidiu’s statue

In Ovidiu Square, as well as on the pedestrian streets that converge on it, there are many restaurants and terraces.

 

Ovidiu's statue

19. Stradela Vântului (Street of the Wind)

Via Mircea cel Batran street, slightly to the right in a smooth climb we are heading towards a unique place that not many people know. Stradela Vantului is a narrow street, the narrowest street in Constanta. You can go down on it, which I invite you to do, to the next less visited point…

 

Wind Street

Wind Street

20. Villa Șutu

The address is Strada Krikor H. Zambaccian.

At the end of the aforementioned street is Vila Sutu, which tells the story of Constanta with Arabic motifs. The villa belonged to Prince Sutu and was built in 1899. At one point it was opened as an art museum, now I found it closed and with the fear that it will remain unmaintained or preserved.

Villa Suțu

21. The Paleo-Christian hypogeum tomb from Tomis

This area of ​​the old center, located above the sea next to the Modern and Neversea Beaches… hides an almost unknown, mysterious place that I would like to know and see more about. It is about the Paleochristian Hypogeum Tomb from Tomis. In fact, there is a construction site on the spot, which blocks the visibility of the tomb. I hope there will be a construction site for this objective.

It is an ancient tomb discovered under the ruins of Tomis, the paintings in it making it unique in our country. I hope the day will come when we can visit him.

 

Modern Beach

hypogeum tomb

22. The Art Museum

The address is Bulevardul Tomis no. 82-84.

it can be visited from Wednesday to Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm

With a curiosity left to be satisfied sometime, we close the loop of the proposed visit to the Art Museum. We finish the walk through the old port city on the Black Sea, where Queen Maria also set foot

Queen Mary

From here to the starting point from the enclosure wall, there are still a few tens of steps.

Art Museum

Art Museum

Queen Maria

Ratings and impressions

Constanta is a tourist city. A double-decker bus offers a city tour from Mamaia to the port and back. I concentrated the tourist attractions in the Historic Center, including some lesser known ones. Constanta has a lot to offer from a tourist perspective.

It is not highlighted even close to the historical value it has and it needs to come out on the tourist market with a wider offer, because it would be worth it. I hope that the construction sites near the objectives will contribute to this, but there are still many places that are deteriorating. My favorite places in Constanta that I have passed dozens of times are: the Cliff and the Port, the Gemia (Carol I), the Ovidiu Square and the Mosaic, the Dolphinarium and the Planetarium. Be curious and visit the Queen’s Nest and the Marine Museum or the Wind Street!

Visit Constanta! All the best!

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