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- Ancient Greece
- 1000BC - 501BC
Histria, close to the city of Constanta in Romania is an archaeological park housing ruins which date throughout Romania’s history. Histra was once a harbour, first occupied by the Ancient Greeks in 675 BC. Under the Greeks, it flourished into a centre of trade, specialising in ceramics, glass and metals. The earliest Romanian currency, the 8g silver Drachma, was first issued in Histria in circa 480 BC.
Over the centuries, Histria was invaded numerous times, including twice by the Romans and it served as both a Roman and Byzantine settlement. Only in the seventh century was Histria destroyed by enemy forces.
This rich yet turbulent history has endowed Histria with a wealth of sites and monuments such as temples to Aphrodite and Zeus as well as Roman baths. Visitors can walk around the site with relative freedom, looking at its fascinating collection of remaining walls, columns and structures.
Histria has an archaeological museum, housing a display of finds from the site ranging from jewellery and coins to tools and weapons.
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Address: Istria, Romania
Phone: (241) 618.763
Histria is located by Lake Sinoe, approx. 32 miles north of the city of Constanta in Romania. The easiest way to get there is by car, taxi or with one of the tourist buses.
Histria is open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays, 8am-8pm (Oct-May, 9am-5pm). There is an entry fee to each of the site and the museum.
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