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Constanta, Romania

Originally founded by the Greeks in the 7th century BC, Constanta is Romania's only major sea port. Rich in history and heavily influenced by centuries of Turkish rule, this capital of the Dobruja region is now a prime center for oil exploration, textiles and furniture manufacture. Part of the old Roman wall and the Butcher's Tower remains from the settlement that was then called "Tomis". The poet Ovid lived out his last years in exile here. The fine Archeological Museum features a rich collection of artifacts including several Roman statues discovered beneath the old railway station in 1962.