Explore the multicultural city of Constanta in south-east Romania on this private 3-hour tour. Learn about the many ethnic and religious groups in the region as well as the local customs and traditions as you visit the most important sights in Constanta.
What to Expect
The tour aims to give you an insight into the complex lives of Romanians from different backgrounds that have preserved their identities. You drive from your hotel to Piata Ovidiu, the main square of Constanta’s old city. Here you start to visit some of the most important places of worship of some of the ethnic and religious groups that make up the unique diversity of Romania’s south-east region. It’s been stated many times that there are over 14 different ethnic and religious groups in this part of Romania, who have somehow managed to live together harmoniously, in spite of severe hardships and wars.
First, you visit the largest mosque in Romania, built under the patronage of the first king of Romania, Carol I von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, in 1910. The mosque was actually a gift from the king to the local community of Constanta, an acknowledgement of the importance and contribution of the Muslims here. The 44-meter high tower, the well-preserved architecture and the 144 square meter carpet inside are compelling reasons to see this impressive mosque, still used by the Muslim community in Constanta.
After visiting the mosque, you continue to walk for a few minutes to reach St. Anton’s Roman-Catholic Cathedral. Built in the early 20th century, the church is one of a few of its kind in this part of Romania, yet a beautiful example of architecture typical of northern Italy. Then, just about 200 meters away, you find St. Peter and Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral. It is the most important Orthodox Church in the south-east of Romania, built in 1885 in Neo-Byzantine style, and is one of the structures close to the sea in Constanta that escaped total destruction in WWII. A restoration in the early 1950s insured its survival.
The coach will be waiting for you near the Cathedral and will take you to the Folk Art Museum, which will further expand your insight into the local traditions and customs, by introducing you into the lifestyle of the Dobrogean farmer.
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees to Carol I Mosque, the Catholic Cathedral, and the Folk Art Museum
- One 0.5-liter bottle of water per person pax in the vehicle
- Insurance and local taxes
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses
- Photo and/or filming fees
Know Before You Go
Wear flat comfortable shoes. Decorous outfits are recommended for entering the churches.