The cosmopolitan ancient city, home of the latin poet Publius Ovidius Naso

Tomis - The Milesian Colony Tomis was founded in the 6th century B.C. The oldest archaeological evidence dating from that time (ceramics from 6th century B.C.) was discovered in the Cathedral Park in Constanta (near the Archiepiscopate). At first, the settlement was an “emporion” - a small stopover port and a market fair where the greek settlers and the natives were trading goods.

First written reference of the settlement named Tomis comes from the 3rd century B.C. (256-254 B.C.) It states that it became a free settlement after it was caught into an conflict between Histria and Callatis on one side and Byzantion on the other side. Tomis further developed, until in the 1st century A.D. became a city of the Moesia Inferior province. During that time, Tomis was the second home for the exiled latin poet, Publius Ovidius Naso, who lived here between spring of year 9 A.D. and died around year 17 - 18 A.D. He is now an immortal symbol of the city. While living in Tomis, the great poet wrote two poetry collections: Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto.

Under Roman rule, Tomis became “The Bright Metropolis of the Left Pontus” (according to an ancient inscription discovered in the city) and the capital of the Scythia Minor (Dobrogea of today). It reached its development peak during the reign of Constantine the Great and it maintained its glory for the next two centuries. In the 6th century A.D., under the pressure of nomadic attacks and after the roman-byzantine army retreat, the city was abandoned. The city was inhabited again in the byzantine era, in the 9th century, under its current name, Constantia or Constantiana.

Tomis was a well developed and cosmopolitan port city for more than a millenia. It was also a place where art and culture flourished. A wide range of evidence exists from buildings, statues, to inscriptions, coins and ceramics.

The “Fortuna with Pontos” statuary assembly, the statue of Glykon Snake, Roman Edifice with Mosaic, the Early Christian Basilicas, Archeological park near the Cathedral, Archeological Park near the City Hall (with its gates and enclosure walls) - all these are just a few artifacts which are preserved to this day to tell the story of a great ancient city.

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  • Autostrada A2 dinspre Bucuresti până la Constanța
  • Dinspre Galați DN2A până la Constanța
  • Dinspre Aeroport Mihail Kogalniceanu - DN2A până la Constanța
  • Dinspre Mangalia DN39 până la Constanța
Cazare în apropiere
  • Hotel Continental Forum (fost IBIS)
  • Hotel Ferdinand
  • Hotel Carol
  • Hotel New Royal
  • Hotel Ramada
Restaurante în apropiere
  • Restaurant Bueno
  • Restaurant Marco Polo
  • Restaurant Toscana
  • Restaurant Le Premier
  • Restaurant Pizzico
  • Restaurant Queen Elisabeth
  • Restaurant The View
Muzee în apropiere
  • Muzeul de Artă Populară
  • Muzeul Marinei Romane
  • Muzeul de Istorie Națională și Arheologie
  • Complexul Muzeal de Științe ale Naturii
Localități în apropiere
  • Mamaia
  • Năvodari
  • Ovidiu
  • Agigea
  • Eforie Nord
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