Driving from Bucharest, and crossing the Danube at Ostrov by ferry, the one hour delay is repaid by the beauty of the road, not too crowded, crossing the hilly southern Dobrudja. After the village of Urluia, from the highway one can see the city of Adamclisi.
From Constanşa we can come by bus or drive, following the road which, at Murfatlar (Basarabi), forks towards Ostrov; from the hills near the village of Deleni one can notice the outline of the triumphal monument at Adamclisi, towering over the horizon. Before entering the village of Adamclisi a highway runs to the right, leading to the triumphal monument raised by Trajan at the end of the Dacian wars.
The Triumphal Monument
The triumphal monument was restored in 1977. By using one of the hypotheses regarding the arrangement of the metopes discovered in the neighbouring space and surrounding villages, on the stone tambour with preserved mortar, the monument has been reconstructed with cement copy casts. The original pieces are housed in the museum built in the centre of the village of Adamclisi. The monument was inaugurated upon the festivities marking the one hundred anniversary from the winning of the independence by the Romanian Principalities.
At a short distance, to the east, from the triumphal monument, there is a funerary tumulus, and an altar raised for the Roman soldiers fallen in the battles waged in these places stands west of the monument. The three monuments have been designed as a whole, as they make up an isosceles triangle in whose tip there is the funerary altar.
Whoever wishes to see the original metopes, and a few of the finds from the city of Adamclisi has to stick to the road to the national highway no. 3, towards Ostrov, enter the village to the right, head towards the north, where there is the museum built in the '70s.
The museum has been designed first of all for housing a full display of the bas-reliefs and the colossal trophy on top of the triumphal monument. Just a few show cases displaying archaeological material selected from the one resulted from the excavations in the city of Tropaeum Traiani illustrate how life went on in the neighbourhood of the monument. From inside the museum, to the north, through the glass wall a wide view over the ancient city opens.
In order to understand this Roman city one must pay a visit to the partially uncovered ruins From the museum one can walk down (cca half an hour) or drive along the asphalt road passing by the mulberry tree plantation.
The city lies on a low extension of the hill on which stands the monument, to which it is linked by a narrow spit of land. The plateau is surrounded on all the other sides by more or less steep slopes making up a natural protection. This advantage of the ground was used for building the precinct, under the shape it unfolds on the ground at present, bordered by a surface of cca 10 ha. The city lies on a low extension of the hill on which stands the monument, to which it is linked by a narrow spit of land. The plateau is surrounded on all the other sides by more or less steep slopes making up a natural protection. This advantage of the ground was used for building the precinct, under the shape it unfolds on the ground at present, bordered by a surface of cca 10 ha. This precinct was built in the 4th century, as reads the inscription set during the time of Licinius and Constantine the Great.
The ground on which the city and monuments of Adamclisi are situated have become public property under the administration of the Romanian Academy following a decision by King Charles I. Thus the city is not only an archaeological reservation, but also an ecological one. The flora and fauna in the city have not been disturbed during the last century.