Constanţa Grand Cazinoul

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. Originally called Tomis, legend has it that Jason landed here with the Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece.

The Cazinoul was built between 1909-1910 and is the only representative of ‘art nouveau’ style in Romania. On the top of the building, the decorations consists of old ships representations (ram heads and alga garlands). Inside there are staircases and imposing banisters, covered columns and marble girdles on the walls.

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