Chisinau, pronounced “kee-shee-now” is probably Europe’s least visited capital city, or at least the one most of us are likely to get wrong in the pub quiz! Not all that many people venture into the mysterious corner of the far east of Europe in which Moldova sits and even fewer know what's on display there. In all honesty Moldova isn’t a country that thrills the regular traveller looking for unforgettable beauty and amazement. But instead it provides a fascinating insight into an often overlooked authentic culture and a world many of us never get to see.
St. Theodor Tiron Convent
Anastasie Ciufli (1801 - 1870) financed the St. Theodor Tiron Convent to respect the last will of his brother Teodor Ciufli (1796 - 1854). The brothers were Aromenian merchants who emigrated from Macedonia in 1821. Anastasie received permission to start constructing the church for his brother in 1854, it was finally consecrated on June 6, 1858. Teodor's remains were placed in the south wing of the building, his brother eventually joined him in their final resting place after his own death 11 years later.
Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame
The Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame is one of the favorite sites to visit in Chisinau, located a 20 minute walk from the center of the city. For those who have visited other ex-Soviet countries, you will be familiar with this type of landmark. The Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame is an expansive, well-kept area that honors those who were lost during the Great War (WWII).
|Address||Strada Pantelimon Halippa 5, Chisinau|
Afghan War Memorial To Sons of Motherland
The Memorial Complex „To Motherland's Sons - Eternal Remembrance" used to be called Afghan park is in Chișinău City, Rîșcanovca district. A monument of burden built in the remembrance of those servicemen killed in international wars and conflicts. A part of the complex is represented by a cascade of fountains and it is a sign of mercy and immense gratitude who died on a foreign land because of an injury or thirst. The Afghanistan war is a tragedy that affected Moldovan people as well. This war killed more than 15 thousand lives between 1979 and 1989. Engraved on the granite gravestones are the names of 301 servicemen who died in this time. The 15th of February is the commemoration day of these people.
|Address||Mirona Kostina Blvd, Chisinau|
National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History
It is the oldest museum in Moldova. It opened in October 1889 with the occasion of the first agricultural exhibition in Bessarabia, organized at the initiative of Baron A. Stuart. Currently has an endowment of about 135 thousand pieces. It holds an important collection of exhibits about the natural history of the Republic of Moldova.
|Address||Mihail Kogalniceanu St 82, Chisinau|
|Telephone||+373 22 238 848|
The architectural centerpiece of Chisinau, the Metropolitan Cathedral, was built in 1836 at the initiative of Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, the governor of New Russia and Metropolitan of Bessarabia Gabriel Banulescu-Bodoni. The Cathedral was designed by Avraam Melnikov. It is one of the best examples of Russian architecture in Chisinau. The city’s urban plan that was laid in 1817 was the first to display the Cathedral’s location and its basic architecture in the cruciform plan.
Considering the importance of the structure, great care was taken for building to appear elegant, regal, and timeless. Known for his many designs across the Russian Empire, Avraam Milnikov was hired to do the job. A master of the neoclassic style of architecture, the Cathedral that stands today boasts an eclectic style, with a combination of Byzantine touched with a hint of Renaissance on a Greek cross, a perfect neoclassic structure. Inside, the cathedral has three altars dedicated to three saints. The cathedral suffered serious damage during World War II and has since undergone several reconstructions.
Directly in front of the cathedral stands a beautiful belfry built in 1998. It is an exact replica of the original belfry built in 1830 when the Metropolitan Cathedral was built. The original belfry was demolished in the 1960's. It represents an important religious and historic sight. The belfry comprises four levels with a small chapel on the ground level and several bells at the top.
The Cathedral complex, including the bell tower, and is situated just in the heart of Chisinau – the capital – in front of the main Government building, near Piata Marii Adunari Nationale.
The Alexander Pushkin House and Museum is an important cultural monument in Chisinau. It is several blocks northeast of the central parks, housed in a cottage where Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) spent three years in exile between 1820 and 1823. It was here that he wrote The Prisoner of the Caucasus and other classics. The complex has a total of four buildings. The one with the A.S. Pushkin museum is the oldest.
Parliament Building and Presidential Palace
Further down Stefan Cel Mare Boulevard is the Parliament Building and the Presidential Tower. The Parliament in Moldova has 101 members who are elected every 4 years. The parliament elects a president who functions as a head of state. The prime minister then appoints a prime minister, who functions as the head of government.
Chisinau Railway Station
The Chisinau Railway Station (Gara feroviară din Chișinău) is a perfectly preserved Soviet train station and well worth the visit. Stroll through the station and appreciate the Soviet art and symbolism. In front of the station is a monument built to the victims of Stalin’s regime.
Piata Centrala is similar to an open-air village market, just one street away from Stefan Cel Mare Boulevard. Watch the locals barter; items range from fresh fruits to clothes. A highlight for me was the fresh, homemade donuts that only cost 15 cents each. Tough if you are on a diet.
Moldava produces wine by the bucket-load and plenty of vineyards cater to the quaffing whims of wandering tourists. By contract, beer tours are a rare thing. Yet no visit to the republic's lively capital is truly complete without a trip to the Chisinau Brewery. Tastings of their brews - mostly variations of Chisinau-branded beer, including a deliciously thirst-quenching red ale - are part of the deal, and the tours are free. You need to write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book ahead. The brewery is now owned by Turkish beer giant Efes.
St. Theotokos Church Chisinau
The St. Theotokos Church dates back to 1802. This church is nestled between apartment buildings in a residential area of Chisinau. The Armenian community dates back hundreds of years in Moldova with a reputation as a merchant class.
National Museum of History of Moldova
he National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most important museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific prestige.
The Museum collections, which initially consisted of the collections of the Republican Museum of Military Glory and the State Museum of History and Regional Studies of MSSR, every year were enriching with items of real scientific value through research, donations, and acquisitions. Besides, in 1989 – 1995 and 2006 – 2007, large transfers of collections from a number of broken up museums – the Republican Museum of Friendship Among the Peoples, the Museum of History of the CPM, the Republican Museum of History of the Komsomol, the Republican Museum of G.I. Kotovsky and S.G. Lazo, the Republican Museum of the History of Religion, the Memorial Museum of Bulgarian Volunteers, and the Museum of Archaeology of The Academy of Sciences of Moldova – also contributed to the growth and diversity of the Museum property. Today the National Museum of History of Moldova owns 348,619 items, the diversity of which covers the history of Moldova over the centuries, from prehistoric times to the present, telling about the land, facts, events, and outstanding people.