Coming home from my deployment, I was lucky enough to stop in Romania for about 5 days. We flew into the Mihail Kogalniceanu (M.K.) International Airport where we were also staying, but were able to take a taxi out into the city of Constanta, only about 25 kilometers away. The M.K. Air Base has been used in support of the recent wars, mainly as a hub to send troops into and out of Afghanistan. The city of Constanta is the oldest in Romania, founded around 600 B.C., and currently the fifth most populous in the country. Located right on the coast of the Black Sea, Constanta serves as a main shipping port, and is quite impressive. A few days before our arrival, a blizzard blew through, bringing lots of snow and freezing cold temperatures.
Landing on the snow packed/ice covered runway.
Impossible to show just how cold it was.
The Coast of the Black Sea.
National History and Archeology Museum (former City Hall).
Statue of Ovid in Ovid Square.
The Grand Mosque of Constanta (also known as the Carol I Mosque) - built in 1910.
St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral - probably the most beautiful church I have ever seen.
Inside of the church - no tripod, so this was the best I could do.
The abandoned Casino.
Ice capped rocks along the Black Sea.
The Old Town Center.
St. Mina Orthodox Church - one of the highest wooden churches in Romania.
This city has so much incredible architecture and history within it... you could explore here for days and never get bored. Unfortunately, many of the buildings have been shut down or abandoned in recent years. For more pictures of the city, check out the album here!