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  • / Cetatea Histria, jud. Constanta
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Histria was founded as a colony of the Ionian city of Miletus towards the end of the 7th century BC. It got its name from the Danube, whose lower reaches the Greeks called Istros and which flows into the Black Sea not far away from Histria.
After the Persian Wars, Histria experienced a flourishing period in the 5th century BC. In the 4th century B.C. it came under Scythian influence, and since Alexander the Great under Macedonian influence. From the 1st century B.C. Histria belonged to the Roman sphere of influence, interrupted by a brief rule of the Dacian king Burebista over the city.

The decline of the town began with a plundering by the Goths in the middle of the 3rd century AD, but it continued to exist, since Diocletian as part of the province of Scythia, until the early Byzantine period. After being destroyed by Avars and Slavs, Histria was abandoned at the beginning of the 7th century AD.

Since 1914, Histria has been the site of repeated archaeological excavations by Romanian researchers, who uncovered parts of the Byzantine and Roman buildings and penetrated to the earliest Greek layers, dating back to the 7th century BC.

The archaeological site of Histria bears the European Heritage Label.

 

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The Istria complex consists of the Histria Museum and the Greco-Roman ruins. The program of visiting the archaeological site is 08: 00-20: 00 during summer and 09: 00-17: 00 in winter.
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Adina Wasicsek
Updated: October 12, 2020

Getting there

By car: 

  • from Constanța follow DJ 226 to Istria, then DJ226A;
  • from Tulcea follow DN 22 Babadag – Mihai Viteazu then DJ 226 up to Istria and DJ 226A;
  • from Braila follow DN 22D.

Coordinates

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44.547421, 28.775400
DMS
44°32'50.7"N 28°46'31.4"E
UTM
35T 641026 4934209
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