Cultural-historical attractions of the area

Dobrogea is known as being the area with the most ethnicities in Romania. As a result of ethnic diversity, near the Măcin Mountains National Park there are diverse cultural-historic objectives or real tourist potential, of which we mention:

  • The Basilica with a crypt (martirium), Niculiţel Village.
  • St. Athanasius Church, Niculiţel Village.
  • The Paleo-Christian Basilica with a crypt, Niculiţel Village.
  • Fântâna de Leac (the Curing Fountaint) – Pricopan Heights.
  • The Roman-Byzantine Fortress Dinogetia, the civil settlements on the island, the medieval fortress (the Bisericuţa – Chapel – objective).
  • The Roman Fortress Noviodunum, Isaccea town, the Getic settlement, the medieval settlement (the Old Pontoon point).
  • The Roman Fortress Arrubium, Măcin town.
  • The Roman Fortress Aegyssus, Tulcea municipality.
  • The Thracian-Getic Fortress; the Roman city, Turcoaia village; two Roman-Byzantine Fortresses (Igliţa point).
  • The archaeological excavations of Luncaviţa
  • The local worship establishments.
  • Dobrogea’s vineyards
  • “Panait Cerna” memorial house of Cerna.

Also, in the Măcin Mountains National Park there are many historically important places of worship, such as:

  • The Celic Dere Monastery – which was given its location’s name, Valea cu Fragi – Wild Strawberries (Celic) Valley (Dere). It is a cornerstone of Orthodoxy and has its beginnings in the monastic traditions of the IV-VIII centuries A.D. The settlement has been built by a few Transylvanian monks coming from Mt. Athos, which were enchanted by this wonderful meadow of the Teliţa village.
  • The Cocoş Monastery – old historical monastic monument near the Niculiţel commune. The beginnings of the monastery date around 1833 when the same founders of the Celic Dere monastery have laid the first cornerstone of this monastic establishment. Rebuilt in 1870 in an oriental style, with a porch and veranda, it has been declared a historical monument in 1959. An old Roman establishment depending to Noviodunum Fortress – Isaccea, has been recently discovered in Niculiţel – with the dome of a (martirium) stone and brick crypt, where the relics of four martyrs were found dating to 303-304 (the great persecution of Emperor Domitian). They are now resting in a most honorable place at the Cocoş Monastery.
  • The Saon Monastery. It is positioned at approximately 30 minutes away from Tulcea on the right side of the DJ 222A road towards Luncaviţa. It is the Eastern corner of the famous Dobrogean monasteries: Saon, Celic Dere and Cocoş, built during the Ottoman dominion (after 1833). The Saon Monastery has a relaxing special view thanks to its position on the shore of the Saon Lake – a land full of beauty and tranquility.