Centuries ago, Chilia was a port on the Black Sea, a vital link between Europe and the Orient.
In time, the alluvium deposited by the Danube has extended the land ever further into the Black Sea.
Today, Chilia stands more than 25 miles from the sea. First documented in 1241 in the works of the
Persian chronicler, Rashid al-Din, Chilia Veche was the site of a battle between the armies of
Mahomed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and forces led by Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler).
A town on the Ukrainian side of the Danube, was founded by Stephen the Great of Moldavia
in the 15th century in order to counteract the Ottoman Empire.
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