Ice cream machine
Everywhere I go I must eat some ice cream ...from Ile St. Louis ( Berthillon - Paris ) to the smallest village from an unknown place ...
Still there is an ice cream machine that's remind me of my childhood . It's situated on the main shopping area , near Tomis Mall . You can't miss it because everybody buys ice cream from hear ! It costs only 0.75 eur .
The statue of Mihai Eminescu on the coast
The statue of Mihai Eminescu is the creation of the sculptor Oscar Han, and it was placed on the shore of the Black Sea, in the year 1934.
On the pedestal of the monument there is the statue of an antique woman.
The statue was placed on the shore of the sea, because this was the last wish of the poet, to be put in the ground on the coast of the sea.
This was not possible, but his statue is there, with the face at the blue sea.
The Mosque - called in 1910 King Carol I Mosque was built by Romanian State for the necessities of Moslem supporters; the design belongs to the great inventor engineer Gogu Constantinescu and the building was made by architect Victor Stefanescu.
The building joins the Byzantine style (the tower and the imposing cupola) and Romanian architectural elements (the building itself), a unique mosque in Dobrogea. It is the first construction made in steel-concrete and brick in Romania; in time, the steel-concrete rusted and the reinforcement of the tower and cupola was necessary, a difficult work made in 1957-1959 by professor Aurel Beles's designs. The tower is 47 metres high and the sizes of preaching room are 14 metres per 14 metres. The balcony is reserved for Moslem women, and is 14 metres long and 3 metres wide. The altar is made in Moorish style, characteristic to worshipping Moslem buildings. Upon the main gate there are two Arabian inscriptions. In the yard, on the left and on the right sides of the entrance there are wash-stands, used for \"abdest\" as required by their religion. Inside, on the floor
there is a carpet brought from Ada-Kaleh island in 1965 as Sultan Abdul Hamid's donation; the carpet was made in Hereche Handicraft Centre, Turkey. In the entrance hall there is a doorway that leads to the tower, where there is a winding staircase; the boy in charge to announce prayer time \"climbs\" 140 steps; on the tower top there is a half-moon - the Moslem symbol.
The inside of the Orthodox Cathedral
The inside of the church is a precious artwork.
On the walls there are a lot of superb paintings, and the chandeliers was made in Paris, after the plans of the architect Ion Mincu.
The paintings were restored in 1959 until 1961 by the artists Gh. Popescu and Niculina-Dona Delavrancea.
Constanta in a glance
"A long (but uneventful) history"
Despite the fact that on actual place was a Greek colony founded around 500 BC for commercial exchanges with local Daco -Getic populations, Constanta was never a much renowned place outside of Black Sea area, developed into a cross for the Balkan’s trading routes mostly after the end of 19th century. The only historical significance of international scale was bestowed by the presence (in AD 8) of the Roman poet Ovid (43 BC-17), who was banished here by Augustus and died eight years later, celebrating the town of Tomis (the antic name) in his poems. The main symbol to mark this event is a statue of Ovid which stands in the Ovid Square of Constanta (see picture), in front of the History Museum (the former City Hall). As a matter of fact, one should not be surprised to find the names “Ovidiu” and “Tomis” being given to many local products or places (as local brands of biscuits or even some parts of the town).
"A special place"
As picture postcards of Constanta are easy to find on other web sites, I prefer to show you something without a long history but with a great symbolic value for local people and not only: the Wooden Church. Although the architectural style belongs to another geographic area, which is exactly on the other side of Romania (Maramures), the church is a very popular religious site, most likely for the warmness and humanness exhaled by the premises. It is an oasis in today’s city life. Unfortunately one of the very few.
"The gate to The Danube Delta"
If you have the chance to be in Constanta for few days, between end of April and beginning of October, do not miss the chance to see one of the last unspoiled places yet - The Danube Delta.It’s only at 2-3 hours drive north from Constanta and if you are lucky to have good weather, you’ll have an absolutely wonderful experience.