The ruins of the Histria fortress remind of the oldest Greek colony on the territory of Dobrogea. Its name refers to the nearby Danube river (Istros, in Greek). Histria Citadel benefited, starting from the middle of the 7th century BC. Hr. of a strategic position in the region. A century later, the Histria Citadel became an important urban landmark on the shores of the Black Sea, especially in terms of trade. It is important to mention that the first precious metal coin in Romania was issued in this fortress. The didrachma was the equivalent of two drachmas and was made of silver.

The first archaeological research began in 1914 and was led by the historian Vasile Pârvan. In 1982, the Museum of National History and Archeology in Constanța inaugurated the Histria Fortress Museum. This objective exhibits pieces of archeology relating to three civilizations (Greek, Roman and Byzantine), found in the citadel and its surroundings. The collection includes, on two floors, ceramic vessels, bas-reliefs, fragments of stone vessels, fragments of columns and capitals — evidence of the existence of ancient civilizations in this space.


Istria commune, Constanța county
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Temporarily closed (as of June 2023)

Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 09AM – 7PM



Adults – 10 RON
Retired – 5 RON
Students, pupils – 2,5 RON

Interactive 3D virtual tour

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