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Coordinates: 44°33′N28°3′E / 44.550°N 28.050°E / 44.550; 28.050 Coordinates: 44°33′N28°3′E / 44.550°N 28.050°E / 44.550; 28.050
CountryFlag of Romania.svg  Romania
County Constanța
SubdivisionsTopalu, Capidava
  MayorValentin Stanciu [1] (PNL)
79.29 km2 (30.61 sq mi)
 (2011) [2]
  Density23/km2 (58/sq mi)
Time zone EET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)
Vehicle reg. CT

Topalu is a commune located on the right bank of the Danube in Constanța County, Northern Dobruja, Romania.



The commune includes two villages:


At the 2011 census, Topalu had 1,707 Romanians (99.94%), 1 others (0.06%). [3]


Capidava on Tabula Peutingeriana (upper center) Part of Tabula Peutingeriana showing Eastern Moesia Inferior, Eastern Dacia and Thrace.png
Capidava on Tabula Peutingeriana (upper center)

Tabula Peutingeriana

Capidava is depicted in the form Calidava/Calidaua in Segmentum VIII of Tabula Peutingeriana (1st-4th century AD) on a Roman road between Axiopolis and Carsium. [4] [5] The map provides accurate data on the distances between Axiopolis, Capidava and Carsium. These distances coincide with the distances between the present localities of Hinog - Capidava and Capidava - Hârșova. This is also verified by the discovery of military marking pillar at Seimenii Mici that indicates the distance of 18,000 feet (27 km) from Axiopolis to Capidava. [6]

Ancient times

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Ruins of the Geto-Dacian fortress Capidava

The village Capidava is the site of the fortified Geto-Dacian center with the same name, Capidava.

After the Roman conquest of Dacia it became a Roman city and castra in the province of Scythia Minor (modern Dobruja).


Capidava is a Getic toponym, meaning the "curve fortified settlement". [6]

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  2. "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (in Romanian). National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. "Constanța County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. February 2, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 24, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  4. Anonymous. "Segmentum VIII,3". Tabula Peutingeriana (in Latin). 1-4th century AD.
  5. Olteanu, Sorin. "Categorii de toponime în funcţie de origine şi aşezare" [Toponymy categories according to origin and location]. Linguae Thraco-Daco-Moesorum (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 3 January 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  6. 1 2 Florescu, Radu; Manea, Florentina. Oberländer-Târnoveanu, Irina; Bor, Corina (eds.). "Capidava". Bucharest, Romania: Institute for Cultural Memory (Institutul de Memorie Culturală) - cIMeC. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

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