Civitas Tropaensium Roman castra

Location of Adamclisi
Coordinates: 44°4′45″N 27°57′15″E / 44.07917°N 27.95417°E / 44.07917; 27.95417Coordinates: 44°4′45″N 27°57′15″E / 44.07917°N 27.95417°E / 44.07917; 27.95417
Country  Romania
County Constanţa County
Status Commune
Component villages Adamclisi, Abrud, Haţeg, Urluia, Zorile
  Mayor Dorina Cicilia Şerbănescu (National Liberal Party)
  Total 135.73 km2 (52.41 sq mi)
Population (2011[1])
  Total Decrease2,150
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Adamclisi (Romanian pronunciation: [adamkliˈsi]) is a commune in Constanţa County, in the Dobrogea region of Romania.


Reconstruction of the Tropaeum Traiani

In ancient times, a Roman castrum named Civitas Tropaensium was settled here and in 109 AD a monument named Tropaeum Traiani was built to commemorate the Roman Empire's victories over the Dacians.

Colonized with Roman veterans of the Dacian Wars, the city was the largest Roman city of Scythia Minor and became a municipium in the year 170. Destroyed by the Goths, it was rebuilt during the rule of Constantine the Great with better defensive walls, which defended the city successfully until the Avars sacked it in 587. After that moment, it ceased to be among the important cities of Dobrogea and was no longer mentioned for seven hundred years.

During the Ottoman rule, the village was re-founded by Turkish settlers. After Dobruja was awarded to Romania, in 1878, the Muslim population left for Turkey, leaving the village deserted. However, in 1880 1881, the village was re-settled with Romanians from Transylvania and Teleorman.[2]


The current name has a Turkish origin and it is an adaptation in Romanian of "Adam Kilisse" which means "the church of man" (when the Turkish people settled in this area, they thought the Ancient Roman monument was a church).


Villages in the Adamclisi commune:

The territory of the commune also includes the former village of Cucuruz (historical name: Iusuf Punar), located at 44°7′28″N 27°55′51″E / 44.12444°N 27.93083°E / 44.12444; 27.93083, nominally merged with Urluia by the 1968 administrative reform.


At the 2011 census, Adamclisi had 2,092 Romanians (97.30%), 42 Turks (1.95%), 8 others (0.37%), 8 with undeclared ethnicity (0.37%).


  1. "Constanta County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  2. (Romanian) Ion (Jean) Dinu: A Major Personality of the Adamclisi Area, accessed on May 13, 2012

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