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Moldova has welcomed travelers throughout history. Within Europe, Moldova is the country which has been least impacted by tourism. The absence of mass tourism has left a country where genuine hospitality to visitors still exists, where strangers are welcomed and friendships easy to form.
The tradition of hospitality to travelers grew up along Moldova’s ancient trading routes, which linked Europe to Asia. To welcome travelers Moldovans still build their wells beside roads so that anyone can stop and take refreshment. Traditional Moldovan homes are always built with a “Casa Mare” (Big Room) – where visitors are welcome to enjoy domestic wine and to share a meal.
You will discover that generosity and genuine friendliness towards visitors are part of everyday culture in Moldova. (more…)
Although it has a small area, the Republic of Moldova as a tourist destination has a great potential represented first of all by the geomorphologic aspect of its territory – an unusual diversity of landscape reservations or scenery and unique geological monuments of European and world value.
Over the last decade the priority forms of tourism in the Republic of Moldova have been: rural, wine, cultural tourism, health and beauty Tourism. (more…)
The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova takes place among the most important museum institutions of theRepublicofMoldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific prestige.
The Museum was established on December 21, 1983, when there was issued the Order of the Ministry of Culture No. 561 “On reprofiling of the Museums” (on the basis of the Joint Decree of the Central Committee of the CPM and the Council of Ministers of MSSR “On the utilization of the historical monument – the edifice of the former Chisinau Boys’ Gymnasia where S. Lazo studied” from 29th of November, 1983).
The State Museum of History of MSSR was created on the basis of the Republican Museum of Military Glory, into which it was incorporated, and the historical collection of the State Museum of History and Regional Studies of MSSR. It was housed in the restoring historical building of the former Chisinau Boys’ Gymnasia No.1, where formerly the Republican Museum of Military Glory had been located. (more…)
For the first time it was mentioned in charters of Alexander the Kind in the 30′s of the 15 th century. The first official document which contains data about Capriana Monastery is the Alexander the Kind royal charters dating from April 25, 1420 where the following was mentioned: “for our really devoted servant and nobleman Mr. Oana Vornic we offer our country which is Moldova the villages: Cornestii and Miclausestii, and Lozova, and Sacarenii, and Vornicenii, and Dumestii, and Tiganestii, and Lavrestii, and Sadova, and Homestii. And the boundaries of these villages which represent Barcovat beginning with the territory of Varnet monastery, the Acibco apiary, the top of Lozova, the Carlanici bridge, the Fontana Mica and Fontana Mare and namely with the Tarnaucai glade, from the Chiprian’s glade with the Bac mill, from the large river meadow towards Poroseci”. (more…)
The Hincu Monastery lies 55 km to the west of Chişinău and was set up by Mihai Hincu on the insistence of his daughter. The Soviet administration had the convent sealed between 1956 and 1990, during which time it was converted to a sanatorium. After 1990, it was restored as a convent when popular opinion dictated it was time for change
Soroca town is situated 160 km north of Chisinau on the western bank of the Dniestr river. In the medieval times it had a particular importance for the defense system of Moldova against the invasions of tartars, polyaks, Cossacks, ottomans and Slavs from the East. Nowadays it’s a small Moldovan town on the Dniestr river bordering Ukraine and famous for its fortress, the largest Gipsy community in Moldova, sand stone rocks and the candle of gratitude up on a mountain that opens to a traveler a very nice view of the town and surroundings.
This is an ancient settlement situated in the left bank of the Raut river about 50 km northeast of Chisinau. In the Middle Ages, two medieval towns were set up here. The first one Sehr-al-cedid (New Town) occupied almost the whole territory of the settlement (268 ha) belongs to the Golden Horde (XIVth century); the second one is the ancient Moldavian town of Orhei, which was established here in the XVth – XVIth centuries. Other vestiges discovered on the territory of the settlement : a mosque, two mausoleum, a caravan-seraglio and three bath houses. An orthodox cave monastery dated from XII century is still working nowadays.
Beginning at the dawn of Moldovan time, you’ll see ancient artifacts and models of early inhabitants of Bessarabia. Moving forward in time you’ll see the ongoing interactions between current-day Moldova and Russia, as well as Moldova’s growing place in the global community.
Located centrally in Parcul Catedralei, Chisinau’s main Orthodox Catheral was originally built in the 1830s but it was heavily bombed during the second World War, and Communists destroyed its original bell tower in the 1960s. This picturesque little cathedral is definitely worth a visit.