Great Mahmudiye Mosque


This impressive mosque is the seat of the mufti and was built in 1910 by King Carol I. It's the spiritual home of the 50,000 Muslims who inhabit the coastal region. The highlight is the enormous Persian rug, said to be the largest carpet in the country. You can climb the 140 steps of the minaret.

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1. Roman Mosaic

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2. Statue of Ovid

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4. Great Synagogue

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5. Orthodox Cathedral

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6. Ion Jalea Sculpture Museum

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7. Aquarium

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8. Genoese Lighthouse

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