Constanta is located in a region of Romania called Dobrogea, located between the Danube River to the west and the Black Sea to the east. The history of the city goes back to 657 BCE when it was founded as a Greek colony by the name of Tomis. When Romania became a Province of the Roman Empire in 106 CE, the Romans later renamed the city after emperor Constantine who fortified and developed the city from 320 - 350 CE. The city was later destroyed in the 8th century by invading Slavs and Avars and then fell under Byzantine control. In 1418, the city fell to the Turks and was not redeveloped until the 19th century, when the new Romanian King, Carol I, decided to build up an active seaport and seaside resort.
Today, Constanta serves as the main harbor of Romania in the Black Sea. The city functions as a residential district, industrial center, and a tourist's destination.
Information from: http://www.romania.org/romania/cities/constanta.html
This image was taken in 1970 by John Schooley, FAIA, during an Urban America tour. Urban America tours allowed architects and planners to visit planned communities and meet professionals involved in their planning and continued development.
Submitted by John Schooley, FAIA.