Chisinau Sights and Landmarks Guide, Moldova
The capital of Republic of Moldova, Chisinau is a city with a long and tormented history. Throughout its almost 6 centuries of existence, Chisinau was under siege, flooded, burnt down and bombarded to an extent that there are almost no traces of medieval Chisinau. Nonetheless, the history of Moldova and its rich culture is still visible along Chisinau’s boulevards: there are plenty of museums, churches, memorials, administrative and cultural institutions to visit.
Chisinau Sights – Historic Landmarks
Many important edifices in Chisinau are concentrated along the Stefan cel Mare Boulevard or around the city’s main square. Museums include: The National Museum of Fine Arts of Moldova, The National Museum of History of Moldova, The Museum of Romanian Literature ‘Mihail Kogalniceanu’, The Museum of Archeology and Ethnography and the Museum of Ethnography and Nature.
Besides the many museums, Chisinau is home to two memorial houses: the memorial estate of Russian poet A. Pushkin and the memorial estate of A.S. Sciusev (the head architect who designed the city’s reconstruction plan in the mid ‘40s). The 1903 Memorial was built as a reminder of the 1903 Jewish pogrom. There was a well-represented Jewish community between 19th and early 20th century in Chisinau, whose history is still visible in places like Yeshiva (Jewish school), the Synagogue or the Jewish Cemetery.
Chisinau Sights – Cultural Attractions
One of the most popular among Chisinau sights, the Triumphal Arch, also known as the Sacred Gate or the Arch of Glory, was built in 1940 in a Corinthian style. An important aspect in Chisinau’s architecture is represented by its churches, built in Orthodox or Byzantine style: Mazarakierskaya Church (oldest church in Chisinau), Saint Pantelimon Church and the Christmas Cathedral. A pleasant way to mix culture with leisure is to stroll down the Classics Alley in the Stefan cel Mare Park: apart from being a popular rendezvous place, the alley is framed by the statues of famous Romanian and Moldavian writers. Like other cities, Bucharest and Kiev, Chisinau is a capital of performance arts: Chisinau’s sights include no more than nine theatres, some Russian, some Romanian, with specifics varying from puppet to comedy.
Chisinau Sights – Parks and Gardens
Even if most of Chisinau’s buildings were designed according to Stalinist principles of utility (gigantic and functional, with no esthetic value), the city’s aspect is very much improved due to the numerous parks. Right in the center lays Stefan cel Mare Park, named after the Moldavian king from the 15th century. The list of parks continues with Alunelul Park, Ryshkani, Gidigich, Valea Trandafirlor and La Izvor. The Valea Morilor Park is mostly appreciated for its lake: people come here in summer to enjoy water sports or just take sun baths along the shores.
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