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The Port of Constanţa


Bucharest, Romania

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National Museum of Romanian History

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The Black Sea port of Constanța underwent its first modernization while Dobruja, the province where it is situated, was under Ottoman control. In 1857, when the Ottoman government hired a British company to build a railway in Dobruja, the concluded contract also stipulated the reconstruction of the Constanța port. Completed in 1864, it was still a small harbor with a wooden dock, a dam and one cereals depot. After Dobruja was annexed by Romania, a law was issued in 1885 for the “improvement and augmentation” of the port. In 1896 its modernization was leased to a French enterprise but due to some disagreements, three years later the state took over the works, which were led by architect Anghel Saligny. Inaugurated in 1909, the new port had 3 dams, several docks, depots, silos, an oil basin, an electric plant.

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"The Port of Constanţa" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;rm;4;en

MWNF Working Number: RO 004

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