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About Tulcea

Laid out on 7 hills, like Rome, the City of Tulcea was was founded in the 7th century BC by the Dacians. It was first mentioned under the name of Aegyssus in the documents of Diodorus of Sicily (3rd century BC) and later, in the works of the Latin poet, Ovid, attesting that the name traces its origin back to its founder, a Dacian named Carpyus Aegyssus.

Some of the city's highlights include the Azzizie Mosque (1924), St. Nicholas' Church (1865), the Danube Delta History Museum, the Art Museum, and the History and Archeology Museum.

Beyond the city of Tulcea, visitors will find the fascinating world of the picturesque Danube Delta, known as one of the greatest wetlands on earth. The area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a vast array of wildlife.

There are several other villages and towns, nearby the city of Tulcea, that also offer travelers a true Romanian experience, such as Chilia Veche, Periprava, Tatanir, Pardina, Crisan, Sulina, Maliuc, Mahmudia, Murighiol, Babadag, Enisala or Jurilovca.

The city's museums are also worth visiting. To find out more about Tulcea, visitors can take a stroll through the Danube Delta Natural History Museum, History & Archaeology Museum, or Folk Art & Ethnographic Museum, and, art-passionates can enjoy magnificent displays at the Art Museum.

Nearby attractions include Niculitel Basilica & Sarica Niculitel Vineyards, about 18 miles west of Tulcea, Celic Dere Monastery, 18 miles west of the city, and The Macin Mountains National Park, 50 miles west of Tulcea.

Quick Facts

- Location: Eastern Romania

- County: Tulcea

- Inhabited since: 400 BC

- First documented: 200 BC (Aegyssus)

- Size: 5.4 sq. miles (14 sq. kilometers)

- Elevation: 100 ft. (30 meters)

- Population: 100,000