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Topalu is located in Romania
Location of Topalu
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Country  Romania
County Constanța County
Status Commune
Component villages Topalu, Capidava
 • Mayor Gheorghe Murat (Social Democratic Party)
 • Total 79.29 km2 (30.61 sq mi)
Population (2011[1])
 • Total Decrease1,708
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

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


The commune includes two villages:

  • Topalu (historical name: Turkish: Topal)
  • Capidava (historical names: Calichioi, Turkish: Kaleköy)


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


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.[2][3] 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 - Hârşova. 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.[4]

Ancient times

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".[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Constanta County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Tabula Peutingeriana, Segmentum VIII,3.
  3. Olteanu, Toponyms.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Capidava cIMeC.



  • Anonymous (1-4th century AD). Tabula Peutingeriana (in Latin). Check date values in: |year= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • 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 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Olteanu, Sorin. "Linguae Thraco-Daco-Moesorum - Toponyms Section". Linguae Thraco-Daco-Moesorum (in Romanian and partially in English). Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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