From the very beginning of its history, the town has served as an administrative and territorial center.
During Roman times the town was a central command for a large territory ; under the Ottoman Empire it was the seat of the "Caza" ; in modern times the town has been the seat of the "Plasa" and the "Raion".

In the last decades the town's architecture has undergone a great number of changes. The buildings from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century have been, for the most part, demolished.
The historical monuments of Hârvosa include a Mosque built in 1812, an Orthodox church dedicated to Constantine and Helen built in the beginning of the 20th century, as well as many ancient homes and gardens..

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Turkish Mosque, built in 1812.

Church of Constantine and Helen, built at the beginning of 20th cent.

Ancient Private Home at 7 Strada Soarelui.