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Historical sites and places of interest as well as museums in the close vicinity (Picture Gallery) also make our holiday homes the starting point for a rewarding journey to visit cultural highlights.

In the East of Jurilovca, you will find the remains of the antique town of Argamum, a trading colony founded by Greeks from Asia Minor (Miletus) in the 7th century B.C.E., situated on the edge of Cape Dolojman, a peninsula stretching to the sea in ancient times, now separating the Delta lakes Razim and Goloviţa (findings in the museum in Tulcea, a small selection in the Jurilovca Tourist Information Office).

Further to the North, the ruins of the castle of Heraclea, built in Late Antiquity, are rising high above Lake Razim; in later times, the Genovese also were the masters there. At the entrance of the Danube Delta the town of Tulcea is situated (the antique town of Aegyssus); the recommendable Archaeological Museum shows besides other valuable relics a finely ornamented silver armour from a Geto-Dacian ruler’s burial mound near Agighiol.

Near Ceamurlia lake, archaeologists found relics of the Hamangia culture in 1953, unknown up to then (6th to 5th millenium B.C.E.). Relics of this culture, which was one of the earliest agricultural ones in Europe, such as the famous clay figures called “the Thinker and the Seated Woman” are to be found in the museums of Constanţa, Cernavodă, Hârşova and Bucharest.

At the shore of Lake Sinoie there is the area of the ruins of Istria (Istrus), the trading base founded by Miletus in 657 B.C.E. with remains of the town wall, of the Greek temple area from archaic times, the bishop’s basilika from Late Antiquity, the Roman baths and the docks (archaeological findings are to be seen in the museum of Istria itself and in that of Constanţa.).

Constanţa is the home of an extraordinary archaeological museum with a huge collection of antique gold jewellery, glassware and statues, such as, for instance, that of the snakelike creature “Glycon”. The ruins of the antique town, Tomis, founded by Miletus in the 7th century B.C.E., are to be found just beside the museum, among them the relics of the congregation hall of a merchants’ guild in Late Antiquity, showing the largest mosaic work conserved in Europe.

Further South, the present town of Mangalia covers the remains of the antique trading colony of Callatis, an indirect foundation of the Attic Megara during the 6th century B.C.E. (findings in the museum of Mangalia). To the West, near today’s Adamclisi, the Tropaeum Trajani is to be found, the triumphal monument of emperor Trajan, erected in order to commemorate the subjugation of Decebalus’ Dacian kingdom by Rome in the year 106 C.E. (archaeological findings in the museums of Adamclisi itself, Constanţa and Bucharest).

Day trips are possible to visit these and many more historical sites with an expert English-speaking guide; for details and prices, please click here, further information on request.