Toward the Seismic Evaluation of “Carol I” Royal Mosque in Constanța

  • Alexandru Aldea
  • Cristian Neagu
  • Eugen Lozinca
  • Sorin Demetriu
  • Sidi Mohammed El-Amine Bourdim
  • Federico Turano
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Natural Hazards book series (SPRINGERNAT)


Seismic protection of cultural heritage constructions is a priority in earthquake prone countries, due to their cultural, historical and touristic importance. The paper presents a first step toward the seismic evaluation of the “Carol I” Royal Mosque in Constanța, Romania: ambient vibration measurements and the assessment of the existing damage state induced by previous earthquakes and/or other actions (index R2 according to the Romanian code for seismic evaluation of existing buildings P100-3/2008). The mosque was built in 1910–1913 and has a masonry structure with a 26 m height reinforced concrete dome. It has an approximately 40 m height RC minaret and thus it is between the first civil constructions using reinforced concrete in Romania. The construction experienced the major earthquakes of 1940 (M W  = 7.7) and 1977 (M W  = 7.5) and several other medium size events originating from Vrancea subcrustal seismic source without significant damage. However, the long-term climatic aggression had a negative impact on the structure. Ambient vibration measurements were performed in the minaret. The results will be used for the proper calibration of the computational model for linear analysis.


Cultural heritage Minaret Ambient vibration Seismic evaluation 



The authors acknowledge the kind help of the Great Mufti’s Office of Muslim Community of Romania, who accepted the study and provided all necessary support during the in situ investigation and ambient vibration measurements.

Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA is acknowledged for the donation of ambient vibration equipment. “Eugen Ionescu” and “Erasmus+” scholarship programs of Romanian Government and, respectively, of European Commission are acknowledged for supporting the foreign authors studies in Romania.

The present paper is an extended version (the damage evaluation was added) of the paper published in the Proceedings of the 6th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering & 2nd National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, (Aldea et al. 2017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandru Aldea
    • 1
  • Cristian Neagu
    • 1
  • Eugen Lozinca
    • 1
  • Sorin Demetriu
    • 1
  • Sidi Mohammed El-Amine Bourdim
    • 2
  • Federico Turano
    • 3
  1. 1.Technical University of Civil Engineering of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.University Abdelhamid Ibn BadisMostaganemAlgeria
  3. 3.Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly

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