Five times a day, the muezzin climbs 140 steps to the top of the minaret to call the faithful to prayer. - 5 p.m.)Admission charge Muzeulde Arta Established in 1961, the Art Museum exhibits more than 7,300 Romanian contemporary art masterpieces - paintings, sculptures, ceramics, china, upholstery and furniture. On the ground floor, a valuable collection of icons painted on glass dates from the 18th and 19th centuries. The sandy sea bottom slopes gently away from the shore, there are no dangerous currents and the sea is almost tideless.
Address: Bulevardul Tomis 39 Built in 1867 - 1868 by order of Sultan Abdul Azis, the mosque was constructed of sandstone taken from an Ottoman bridge which had been destroyed in 1828. A century of Romanian art is on display, ranging from the works of Theodor Aman and Nicolae Grigorescu to those of Ion Jalea and Corneliu Baba. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop. In the summer, days are warm and long with an average of 11 hours of sunshine.
Situated at the crossroads of several commercial routes, Constanta lies on the western coast of the Black Sea, 185 miles from the Bosphorus Strait.
An ancient metropolis and Romania's largest sea port, Constanta traces its history some 2,500 years.
The building combines Byzantine and Romanian architectural elements, making it one of the most distinctive mosques in the area. - Sun.: am - pm Admission charge impressive collection of artifacts from Greek, Roman, and Daco-Roman civilizations is on display illustrating the history of Dobrogea from the Stone Age to modern days. The open-air exhibition, displaying life-size anchors, propellers, engines, surface and anti-aircraft gun mounts, offers a wonderful panorama of the Constanta harbor. Elizabeta 2Tel: 0241 611.277 Open: daily from 9 a.m. The most significant is the collection of sturgeons, one of the largest in the world. Mamaia 255Tel: 0241 831.553 30-minute shows arfe offered at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. (during busy days additional shows are offered at 1 p.m. Two sea lions, John and Lorry, and the veteran star dolphin, Mark, will put on their best "moves" for you.
The centerpiece of the interior is a large Persian carpet, a gift from Sultan Abdul Hamid. Admission charge The museum features works in bronze, marble, stone and gypsum by Ion Jalea, one of the forefathers of modern and contemporary sculpture. Greek and Roman objects can be found on the main floor. Constanta sightseeing bus tours are operated during the summer season on a fleet of double-decker buses. Frequency: every 30 minutes Route distance: 9.5 miles Number of stops: 17 Sights and major attractions include: downtown Constanta, Genoese Lighthouse, Ovidiu Square, The Vacation Village, Dolphinarium, Mamaia Casino.
Ovid's bronze stature, designed by Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari in 1887 adorns the square named after him.