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About Citadel of Histria

Greek citadel of Histria was the oldest town in Romania. The Histria citadel was founded by the greek colonists from Miletus in 657 BC.

Name Histria (Istria in Greek) comes from Istros. Istros was the name given by the greeks to the Danube.

Town Histria had a continuous development for nearly 1300 years, starting with the greek and ending in byzantine period. In Histria, first coins were minted in the present territory of Romania, around 480-475 BC. Silver coins which have on the obverse symbol of the city, represented by an eagle on a dolphin, and IΣTPI legend,  and on the reverse two human heads joined and reversed.

The settlement was surrounded by a strong wall of defense, was supplied with water by pipeline over 20 kilometers long, and which have fueled the baths built by romans.

Abandoning the city was due to closing of the bay from the Black Sea, where the port was arranged, the bay now becoming Razim-Sinoe lagoon complex and also, due to the avar-slavic invasion in the seventh century.

Contact and information:

Address: Istria, Constanta, Romania
Phone: +4 0241.614.562

Opening hours:

May - September
Daily: 9:00 - 20:00

October - April:
Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00
Monday and Tuesday: Closed


Adults: 7 lei
Children,pupils, students: 3.5 lei

Adults: 7 lei
Children,pupils, students: 3.5 lei

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