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Chisinau Travel Guide, Moldova

Chisinau, Travel Guide-About the City

Chisinau, or Kishinev is the capital city and also the largest municipality in Moldova. This Travel Guide will give you an insight of Chisinau`s touristic potential. The city was founded in the late 1400s,with the initial purpose of serving as a monastery. It is located in a rich agricultural area, in the country’s center, on the river Bic and benefits of an international airport. Chisinau is Moldova`s most prosperous city, being the industrial and commercial center of the country. The capital is at the same time the cultural core of Moldova, with a varied range of educational facilities.

Chisinau, Travel Guide-Points of Interest

Chisinau is a great place to visit if you want to see the lively mixture of past and present day monuments and buildings. On the old hills of the capital lie the churches of Mazarache(built in 1752), St. Constantin and Elena(built in 1777) and Annunciation(1807). Also, at the foot of the hill is the Cathedral of St. Tiron the Martyr,which also includes its convent(the building where the nuns live and the orthodox souvenir shop).These churches are a wonderful display of middle-age eastern religious architecture.

Another amazing point of interest is the Birth of Christ Cathedral, originally built in 1836.During the time Moldova was a part of the URSS, the cathedral was converted into a secular facility, but upon declaring its independence from the Soviet Union, the building was converted back into a holy place. Also, you should not miss the remarkable monuments built in the Russian classicism style: Cathedral and Bell Tower(1831-1835) and the Triumph Arch(1840).These building are harmonious in composition and have a calm grandeur. Last but not least, another popular Moldavian monument is the bronze statue of Steven the Great, who was an imposing leader defending his people against the ottomans in the 15th century.

Chisinau, Travel Guide-A Modern City

Besides the rich history and culture that surround this eastern capital, Chisinau is a 21st century city, with a large variety of shops, bars, restaurants, discos, hotels, clubs and bars. The nightlife is intense all week long, and it reaches its climax on Friday and Saturday nights. Also, if you look to interact with different ethnicities, Chisinau is the place for you, with a mixture of Moldavians, Ukrainians, Russians, Gaugaz, Bulgarian and Jews. People in Moldova are friendly, open and outgoing, so everyone’s stay will be a very pleasant one.

We hope that your stay in Chisinau will be a pleasant and enriching one, thanks to our travel guide.

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Chisinau City Ratings

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    City Rank87
  • History & Culture: rated for 95%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 97%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 92%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 90%
  • Food: rated for 93%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 85%
  • Shopping: rated for 95%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 78%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 65%
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