A Look at the Gorgeous Ruins of an Art Nouveau Casino

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Nov. 13 2013 12:45 PM

The Abandoned Casino on the Edge of the Black Sea

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Photo: Gabi Jguma

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From a distance, the Art Nouveau building on a promenade beside the Black Sea looks majestic. As you walk closer, however, Casino Constanta reveals itself: broken windows, curling paint, and rusted railings hint at the dilapidation inside.

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Photo: Gaspar Serrano

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The casino, located in the southeast Romanian city of Constanta, was inaugurated in 1910. With its grand size, seaside location, and marine-themed decor, Casino Constanta soon attracted wealthy travelers and became a symbol of the city. But its glory days were short-lived.

Romania's changing fortunes in the face of two world wars saw the casino fall into disrepair. During the Second World War, the building was used as a hospital. Under the post-war communist regime, it operated as a restaurant. By 1990, the place had become so run down that it was too expensive to maintain. The building has been closed ever since, a silent sentinel on the edge of the Black Sea.

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Photo: Mihai Radulescu

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Photo: John Morn

Abandoned, decaying buildings:


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