February 6, 2016

2266 ROMANIA (Tulcea) - Carol street in Tulcea at the beginning of the 20th century

Founded in the 7th century BC under the name of Aegyssus, the city of Tulcea, laid out on seven hills like Rome, has been, since ancient times, an important harbor on Danube River, not far from its flowing into the Black Sea. The town was successively under Roman, Byzantine (5th-7th century), Genoese (10th-13th century) and Ottoman rule before finally being ceded to Romania in 1878. Once cosmopolitan, it has even today a multi-ethnic flavor thanks to the Lipovans and Turkish minorities.

Carol Street (named after Carol I, the first king of Romania) was once one of the most beautiful streets in Tulcea, with many beautiful and chic buildings, with charming shops, cinemas and cafes, and that because it had a central location, and also close to the harbor, where was focused the main activity of the city. Towards the west end were the Administrative Palace of the Harbour, the Customs, and the offices of foreign agencies of navigation. During communist times, all these buildings were demolished, being replaced by gray and dull blocks.

About the stamp
The stamp, depicting Common Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis L.), is part of the first series Flora of Romania - Fauna flowers (I), about which I wrote here.

Tulcea - Wikipedia
Poveştile Tulcei - capitolul XXXII (rom) - Primăria Tulcea official website

Sender: Marius Vasiliu
Sent from Tulcea (Tulcea / Romania), on 13.05.2012

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