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Ovidiu mosque
Ovidiu mosque
Coat of arms of Ovidiu
Coat of arms
Ovidiu is located in Romania
Location of Ovidiu
Coordinates: 44°16′12″N 28°33′36″E / 44.27000°N 28.56000°E / 44.27000; 28.56000Coordinates: 44°16′12″N 28°33′36″E / 44.27000°N 28.56000°E / 44.27000; 28.56000
Country  Romania
County Constanța County
Status Town
Component villages Poiana, Culmea
 • Mayor George Scupra[1] (Social Democratic Party)
 • Total 82.63 km2 (31.90 sq mi)
Population (2011[2])
 • Total Decrease12,342
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primariaovidiu.ro/
For the Romanian given name and people named Ovidiu see Ovidiu (name).

Ovidiu (Romanian pronunciation: [oˈvidju], historical name: Canara, Turkish: Kanara) is a town situated a few kilometres north of Constanța in Constanța County, south-eastern Romania. Ovidiu is quite small, with a population of around 12,000, and many wealthy inhabitants of Constanța retire there.[citation needed]

In 1930, the town was renamed Ovidiu after the Roman poet Ovid (Latin: Ovidius). He was supposedly buried on a nearby small island (also called Ovidiu) in the Siutghiol Lake.


The town of Ovidiu administers the villages of Poiana (historical names: Cocoșul - until 1964, Turkish: Horozlar - until 1926) and Culmea. The latter was established in 2011 by legally separating from Ovidiu two territorially distinct communities, Social Group Culmea and Social Group Nazarcea.


The stadium of FC Viitorul Constanța is located in Ovidiu.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1992 12,591 —    
2002 13,458 +6.9%
2011 12,342 −8.3%
Source: Census data

At the 2011 census, Ovidiu had 11,240 Romanians (91.07%), 3 Hungarians (0.02%), 229 Roma (1.86%), 3 Germans (0.02%), 358 Turks (2.90%), 396 Tatars (3.21%), 8 Lipovans (0.06%), 36 Aromanians (0.29%), 69 others (0.56%).



  1. ^ "Luptă strânsă pentru Consiliul Judeţean Constanţa între PSD şi PNL. Noua garnitură de primari" (in Romanian). Ziua de Constanța. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Constanța County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.