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Constanța Casino

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HISTORY

It is a casino located in Constanta, Romania. It has been designated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Romania as a historic monument. The casino is located on Constanta's boardwalk, along the Black Sea, in the city's historic Peninsula district. The casino was built three separate times, with the first structure being erected of wood in 1880. It was designed to be a club and community center for elite and upper-class socialites willing to spend. Once considered the Monte Carlo of Romania and a symbol of the city of Constanta, the most recent and modern version was built in the Art Nouveau style and is also the most important Art Nouveau building in the country, designed and built according to Daniel's plans. Renard. and opened in August 1910. The most modern version of the Casino had been in operation for 38 years, with interruption due to the two world wars, attacked and bombed by Bulgarian and German troops in the First World War, devastated in the Second World War and, in at one point it acted as a makeshift wartime hospital. In 1948, it was taken over by the communist government, becoming a House of Culture for the Party until 1960, when it was handed over to the National Tourist Office Oficiul National de Turism (ONT).

WHY THIS PLACE

The last major repairs to the building took place in 1988. The City of Constanta tried to rehabilitate the building in 2006. In 2007, the casino was leased for 49 years to the Israeli group "Queen". After numerous delays, the local authorities recovered the building more damaged than before its transfer to the Israeli company. January 2018, Europa Noasta, with the support of the European Investment Bank Institute as a founding partner, and the Council of Europe Development Bank as an associate partner, listed the Casino as one of the 7 most endangered places in Europe. In 2014, the building was transferred to the management of Companeii Nationale de Investitii or National Investment Company as a final rescue solution. An auction was held to award the contract to carry out the rehabilitation work at the casino, with five private companies applying. All five companies were disqualified from the auction for failing to meet the minimum qualification standards set by the government.

CURIOSITIES

A period of appeals and litigation ensued, while the casino remained abandoned. €10 million was allocated to the rehabilitation of the Casino, but due to litigation and political frenzy, the money and the Casino remained untouched. The Mayor of Constanta in 2018, Decebal Fagadau, announced that the City of Constanta will begin public works and conservation efforts. The completion of the works will take place in November 2018, on Dobrogea Day, regardless of the date of the auction by Companhia Nacional de Investimentos.

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