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Photos from Constanta city, Romania.

(almost 400.000 population including the suburbs with a history over 2.600 years-built by greek colonists and rebuild by the british at the end of 1800; largest port at the black sea, 4th in Europe, 7th in the world, 2 airports, Mamaia district resort is called Ibiza of the east).
The city is capital of Dobrudja region, a region with almost 1.000.000 inhabitants, and an economy based on: oil (extraction and refining), wind energy (the new eldorado for wind energy investors with ongoing projects over 3 billion euros), nuclear energy, agriculture, wine industry, food industry, building materials, tourism, shipbuilding.



Zodiac Hotel



Voila Hotel


Unicredit Building


Tulips




Traian Avenue (named after emperor Taian)

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Tomis Avenue (tomis is the ancient name of the city) with Christmas lights






Tomis Plus district


Tomis Park


Tomis Marina






Tomis Mall






Tomis Avenue


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The Sailor


The Old Casino


The ortodox cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul


Sutzu Palace


Storm on Mamaia Lake




Storm on Central Park's Lake


St. Mina Monastery




Catholic church St. Anthony


Sports Hall
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Mamaia Beach (south area)


Anghel Saligny's Grain Silos (over 100 years in service)


North Entrance in the City from the airport


Scandinavia Hotel


Scala Hotel


Satellite view



Scubadivind School


Anghel Saligny's statue and Navrom Tower
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Old Mansion, now Romexterra Bank HQ


Ring One district


Retail Park in the south part of the city


Office building


RBS Bank (also in a historical building)


Railstation


Railstation Park
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Queen Elisabeth Signature Restaurant (the building is over 100 years old)









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Central Post Office Tower


County Police HQ


Passengers Ships


Palazu district


Palace Hotel (over 100 years in service)


Ovidiu Island




Ovid Campus (named after the roman poet Ovid, exile at Tomis from Rome)


The Opera


The Opera Park (one of the historical parks in the city, almost 200 years old)


Tomis Marina and On Plonge Restaurant


The oldest building in town (over 200 years old, from the initial 9 buildings, only 2 survived and now are restaurants. Originaly inside were apartments for the english workers from Danube and Black Sea Rail Company, this explains the british architecture)


*(due to the fact that Constanta is a port, and also due to the large mix of population and religions here you cand find architecture from all around the world. on the same street there are a mosque, an ortodox cathedral and a catholic church)

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The old stock market (it's one of many art deco and modernist buildings in the city)


A school hosted in a historical building


Old interwar Romanian Rail Company apartments


The old passengers terminal (a beautiful exemple of art deco architecture)



Some historical mansions from the old city






















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Some other old mansions













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Kindergardens hosted in some historical buildings




Winter in the old city


Old city


Panoramic view over the old city


A beautiful old Austyn


Historical buildings on Tomis Avenue
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Fantastic post of a place I've never seen.
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Old Posted Feb 1, 2012, 12:29 AM
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Thank you for your words. ^^
Despite the almost 50 years of communist regime the City of Constanta had it's own way of development. From 1890 to 1943 (in 1887 it's annexed by Romania) due to the strategic location of the city many US, British and German companies invested here. This left a mark on the city. The US was the most prominent. The street developing followed the traditional US grid. Also many art-deco/modernist US style buildings had been built, some survived until nowadays as landmarks (stock house, mamaia casino, passenger terminal, the grain silos, the water company HQ,port's power plant, Holiday Radio Building, Albatros hotel, Rex Hotel, the old air terminal and others).
Despite the communist regime the grid model continued to be developed in the new districts and is also used today.
The communist regime in Constanta was a little different because of the port and the large number of foreign tourists form west Europe and US. In Mamaia resort there were shops called "Shops" where the currency was US Dollar or the old german mark. Here from the smugglers or sailors everybody was buying blue jeans, marlboro, whyskey and foreign vinyls. Holiday Radio, and Holiday radio Costinesti resort were the only radios where you could here western music.
Even there were built many commie apartment blocks, many of them don't have the box architecture. Some representative commies have apartments with 3, 4, and 5 rooms. The US model wasn't abandoned even in the commie regime. The mayor of the city disliked the commie block type of some of the new hotels that were built in Mamaia Resort so he sent the chief architect in US. When he returned he built Perla Hotel inspired by Lever Building. Also he built in the northern part of the resort new hotels with terraced architecture and arround Tabacarie Lake he built the Central Park (and also the other parks) in a square shape as seen in New York.
One thing that we are proud of (and with this I end the off topic ) is that there were no ethnic or religious conflict in the city's history. (the "native" papulation it's a mix of over 20 nationalities, there are almost 20.000 expats living here, and at the medical collage there are 5.000 non EU students from 113 countries). Despite this big mix of cultures and religions there never was, and never will be ethnic districts. Everybody lives with everybody, and everybody is welcome here .

Back on topic:

An artistic photo of Navodari (translated refers to the fishermen holding the fishing nets).

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Some buildings from the old city (a large scale project for the revival of this district started a 2-3 years ago and it's scaled for completion in 5 years).





















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City view from Tom Retail Park's parking lot


Some office buildings




And modern architecture
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1st of May avenue near the railstation


Navy Museum (the only one in Romania)


Navy HQ


Navy Academy


Navrom Tower


Nautica cruise ship


Myke Tyson


Modern Bay
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Modern Bay


Mircea the elder college (he was a romanian ruler)


Mircea the eldar brig (it's the romanian navy's school ship)


MCM beach


McDrive


Old mansions


Belvedere district


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Some modern mansions












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Mamaia lake


Mamaia avenue (from a couple of years it's developing itself in the financial district of the city)










Limos




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The new lighthouse


La cucaracha beach


kiteing


Irish pub


Ion Jalea sculpture museum


ING bank HQ


Industrial district




Hugo Boss store
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The roman edifice with mosaic museum (the largest mosaic paved public square in the Roman Empire).This plaza is on top the the old roman warehouses and next to the roman public baths.


The history museum
(some of the pieces here are under UNESCO heritage like the Thinker and his wife-from hamangia culture and the Glykon Snake-from the roman period)






Harley




Gravity Park (the largest extreme sports park in eastern europe-website here)


Grand hotel
Built over 100 years ago near Bristol Hotel, Grand was the first hotel in town with non stop heated water.


GM showroom

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