Local events
  • The day of Chilia commune is organized on the last Sunday of July. The feast begins in the morning with a bike contest, at noon takes place a competition of boats and at the end of the feast, the children from the school in the locality offer all those present a theater performance.
  • Daily exhibitions with wickerwork from bulrush at the mayoralty of Chilia Veche locality. It is a good opportunity for the skilled craftsmen to exhibit their beautiful creations.
Handicraft creation workshop

From the desire to preserve the local traditions the mayoralty of Chilia Veche together with the Association Nufărul Alb established a workshop of wickerwork from bulrush where the craftsmen manually make baskets for bread, hats, bags and other objects. (01)(02)

Roşca-Buhaiova Reservation has a surface of 9625 hectares and is located in the northern part of the delta between Matiţa Lake and Letea and Chilia sandbanks. The reservation is made up of a complex of lakes and marshes which includes a great diversity of habitats representative for the river delta such as: fixed and floating reed, reed marshes, lakes, fluvial banks, natural backwaters and willow riverside coppices. This area is protected since 1940 when it was declared natural reservation, and since 1979 it was declared a reservation of the biosphere together with Letea forest. The reason why it was declared a strictly protected area is the presence in these lakes of the largest colony of pelicans in Europe. (01)(02)(03)(04)

At the moment there are here more than 3,500 pairs of common pelican that gather for nesting as well as other birds like the large egret, the small egret and spoonbills, species that enjoy the same status as the first. There are also found in large numbers the black-crowned night heron and the cormorant.

The fauna shows a remarkable diversity, being represented by mammals: the otter, the mink, the stoat, the muskrat, the raccoon dog, the fox and the wild boar.

The aquatic basins are invaded by white and yellow water lily species, the bachelor’s buttons.

The reservation is situated in the river delta and occupies a surface of 15-400 hectares. The core of the reservation is constituted by the reed marshes Rosca and Buhaiova. The reservation is surrounded by a protected area which comprises the perimeter Bobitele from the east of the marsh Chilia and the marsh Merloiul Mare. The reservation brings together various biotopes: reed swamps, marshes, fluvial banks, the western edge of Letea sand bank, as well as the eastern part of Chilia sand bank.

  • The Orthodox Church in Chilia Veche was built in 1854 and has a height of 52 m, making it to be the second tallest church in the country after the Black Church in Braşov. During the Second World War, the Church of the “Holy Voivodes” in Chilia Veche was also a military observer, many of the deep cracks in masonry dating from that time.

The church was built by the will of the Ottoman Empire which was mastering at the time the mouths of the Danube and which has accepted the request of the inhabitants who could not go to the locality Chilia Noua, across the Danube, when the river was frozen.

  • The Church of St. John the Baptist is an Orthodox place of worship of old rite built in Câşliţa village. The construction is distinguished by the slender shape conferred by the high tower joined to the nave. The entire building is simple and elegant, the iconographic representations being executed skilfully and painstakingly.
  • Stipoc Monastery (Saint Athanasius Hermitage) is the only monastery located in the Danube Delta, located on Stipoc sand bank, near Chilia. The place is a small paradise in the middle of nowhere, a sort of oasis where you can recover after a hot summer day.

The place does not have many monks, five brothers and the abbot priest, a small wooden church (built in the Moldavian style), but hospitable, a few sanctums, the refectory (the place where you can have the meal), and in the back, somewhere, landscaped a garden. On the road that enters the monastery courtyard the abbot priest has planted hundreds of flowers, which seem to begin to move to the passing of the abbot priest past them. The fountain in the courtyard of the monastery, as if made despite the overwhelming heat, refreshes you up with its cold and clear water. Welcoming and full of life, the monastery also offers accommodation for those who want to spend there a few days full of tranquility. The place is pastorated in Orthodox old rite, built quite recently. Stipoc Monastery is an excellent stop for the fisherman or tourist thirsty for water or spiritual retreat.

Babina, Matiţa, Merhei Lakes are the realm of the pelicans. Here exists one of the largest colonies of common pelican in Europe, which is one of the 18 strictly protected areas in the Delta. Merhei Lake is one of the greatest lakes in the Delta being bordered to the north by a strictly protected area and to the east bordering the sand bank and Letea Forest. In the surroundings that are hard to describe in words, thousands of birds which probably have never seen a man for a long time in those places, the underwater scenery leaves you speechless. The water is so clear, as if it does not exist. It is seen the upper part of the aquatic vegetation, forests of submersed plants and numerous shoals of fish. In the Danube Delta, the particularly favorable biological conditions created by the presence of water make the vegetation to develop luxuriant.

The Delta lakes, considered peculiar type, for their specific character, are met mostly in the deltaic area between the main arms.

Nufărul Alb Association from Chilia Veche locality, Tulcea, founded in 2004, carries out activities related to the change of opinion and attitude of the local community regarding the social and cultural values of the village.

The workshop provides an alternative to maintain and transmit from generation to generation the crafts specific to the area. The workshop is implemented in partnership with a local association created with the support of the Foundation in 2004, Nufărul Alb Association. The workshop started operating in the second half of 2005 and the first products were made in September 2005.

The creation of the workshop was the joint decision of several factors interested, from Chilia Veche, who analyzed the opportunity of developing a social-educational project but which would also include a development component of income generating activities. Among the factors that contributed to the creation of a bulrush wickerwork workshop were counted: access to the raw material (the bulrush can be harvested in the Danube Delta), the existence of some persons who know the craft of the bulrush wickerwork, the desire to revitalize the local specifics, the local traditions, the desire to create an educational alternative for the young people who graduate the middle school and do not continue their studies in the town because of the reduced material possibilities.

The bulrush is a plant specific to the Delta which, in order to be used for wickerwork, is cultivated twice per year, in winter in January and February and in summer, in July and August. After cultivation, the bulrush is left to dry for 2-3 weeks, then it is debarked and used for making wickerwork. For most of the wickerwork, is used only the core of the bulrush. Making a product may last from a few hours for a breadbasket for example, up to two days for a bigger basket, a hat or a diplomat-type bag.