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Mangalia Attractions



Histria Citadel

It is the oldest Greek settlement in Romania. It situated on the shore of Sinoe Lake and dates since the mid-7th century. You can visit the remains of the citadel, and in summer you may have a chance to see the archaeological work in progress.


Mangalia Horse Ranch

The Horse Ranch is situated at a distance of 3 km, north of Mangalia and it is a major attraction in the area. Visitors can enjoy here relaxing horseback ridings or pleasant carriage tours along the shores of the Black Sea.


Roman-Byzantine Edifice

The historical edifice is situated behing Mangalia Hotel, not far from the sea. According to the inscription on the wall, it was restored in the 2nd century, by order of then-governor Marcus Valerius Bradua. The wall of the edifice, which is 2 m thick, is made of large blocks of carved stone.


Callatis Archaeology Museum

The museum is situated in the vecinity of the stadium and features a vast archaeological collection from the Roman and Greek eras, including ancient columns, sarcophaguses, architectonic fragments, sculptures, jewelries, inscriptions, ceramics, and statues, house items and agricultural tools.


The museum presents, in a geto-dacic manor, the spiritual mixing between the Greek and Roman influences.


The Papyrus Tomb (Mormantul cu Papirus)

The tomb is located in the park nearby the stadium and was discovered in 1959. According to archaeologists, the tomb dates since the 4th century, BC, and it consists of large blocks of stones, surrounded by a stone circle, with a 14 m diameter. The papyrus found near the scheleton could not be entirely recuperated, due to the fact that, in contact with air, it disintegrated, given that it stood a very long time under ground.


Heroes' Monument (Monumentul Eroilor)

The monument is situated in the center of the city, in Union Square (Piata Unirii), in front of the cultural house. As locals say, the monument was "born" due to a necesity of a symbol to represent Mangalia.


Movile Cave

The cave was discovered in 1896 into a mining pit, and it is one of the most famous caves in the world. According to specialists, it contains a unique underground ecosystem, rich in species adapted to the cavernous environment.


Although, Movile Cave is listed everywhere as one of Mangalia's major attractions, it is not open to the public, due to the fact that, after realizing the cave's scientific importance, Mangalia City Hall declared it a Speleological Reservations and closed the entrance.


Visitors can, however, watch documentaries about the cave, in GESS laboratory's conference room. The laboratory is located on the seashore.


Limanu Cave

Limanu Cave is 4km long and comprises a network of galleries that resembles a map of a sloppy systemized city. In local folklore, the cave is described to be endless, reaching even Turkey and Bulgaria.