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Top 10 touristic destinations in Moldova

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TOP 10 TOURISM DESTINATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

“Hospitality, Tradition, Mystery”. This is the tourism slogan meant to represent the Republic of Moldova in the world. “We represent ourselves, as a country, we have traditions and customs, but at the same time we are underestimated, we are mysterious.” So spoke Mr. Nicolae Platon, the inventor of the slogan, about the country where he was born and lives. Perhaps this gentleman, like any of those who not only inhabit this country, but also draw their roots here from ancestors, may be that open book for those who visit the Republic of Moldova for the first time in their life. Either this corner of heaven, as Moldova is named in books and legends, indeed conceals in itself the most beautiful values, such as the hospitality of the Moldovans, the traditions preserved from the ancestors and the holiness of the children and grandchildren. And mystery, which can be understood from the viewpoint of ignorance of this place by Europeans but once here, you will understand that each place and destination carries with it the imprint of uniqueness, the sacred and the new absolute. This is Moldova, a small country with a large soul.
We’ve known since our childhood about the curiosity for novelty, and the desire to discover the world by traveling. And we hold to this curiosity throughout life. You will know Moldova only by visiting and traveling through her most beautiful places. That’s why we have listed some of the most wonderful and special tourism destinations that this country has reserved for you – her guests! So let’s start our journey now!

1. The fortress of Soroca

It is located in the centre of Soroca, about 160 km north of Chisinau. In medieval times the fortress of Soroca was part of a vast defensive system of Moldova, including: four fortresses in Nistru, two fortresses on the Danube, and theree fortresses in the north of the country. Thus, the borders of the country were protected with a true “stone girdle”.
Soroca is the only monument of history and medieval Moldovan art that has been preserved in its entirety, as it was conceived by the masonry masters. Being part of the defensive system and being placed on the eastern border of the country, the fortress was repeatedly strengthened by the care and skill of the two rulers, so that in front of the high and tall walls, assaulters found themselves forced to quench their invasion cravings, while the Tatars, the Cossacks, the Turks and all sorts of invading hordes were being inexorably pushed back.
It is not surprising that this fortress is the most attractive destination for foreign tourists, the city is visited by hundreds of tourists from different corners of the world, because, as they say, the Soroca Fortress is the place where the history, the charm and the life of the past meet in harmony. So, if you have arrived in Moldova, and want to know its history, we recommend the Soroca Fortress to you!

2. Orheiul Vechi

Along the river Râuţ is Old Orhei, probably the most spectacular place in the Republic of Moldova. The gorge formed among the limestone formations provides the visitor with an impressive picture, no matter the season.

And this place is full of history. In the fourteenth century, it would even have been the seat of the Tedar inn of the Golden Horn. Archaeologists have found here the foundation and part of the wall of an oriental bath, which was equipped with radiators and heated floors, with ventilation, the water reaching through clay pipes.

It is said that at the time of Stephen the Great, there was even a quadrilateral fortress, reinforced with towers, according to archaeological excavations.

But truly impressive are the caves in the rocks of the gorge, many of which have been extended and carved by the hand of man to be turned into churches and cells for monks. Even today, monastic life goes on in the caves of Orheiul Vechi.

Within the archaeological complex Orheiul Vechi there are some monumental stone constructions, which are of special interest both from a scientific point of view and from a museographic point of view. Among them are five tourism objectives: the Getic Fortress, the medieval fortress, the window, the inn and the church. There is also a series of grottoes that penetrate the rocky shores that have become holy sites throughout history, which are classified by archaeologists as: the very old Bosie Monastery that functioned in the 15th century, and more recently, the undercross complex, called Butuceni, with a rock-cut church, which is a unique architectural one, being built after some older models, the four-level cell complex, and the Chaiman Monks Complex or Rafail’s Cells.


3. The Buteşti Elephant – The Stone Monster of the Paleolithic Age

The Buteşti Gorges are the first geological formations saved from the destruction by the ecological movement in Moldova. This happened in 1984, when they were in danger of destruction for the extraction of stone in quarries. Over 110 hectares wide, these cliffs stretch on miles.

The chain is crowned by the Buteşti gorge with a rock that resembles the profile of an elephant. In the cave of the “Elephant”, remnants of the prehistoric era were found, several objects dating back from the Cututeni Civilization (6th millennium BC) were excavated.

4. „One hundred mounds”

A true display of Moldovan soil is seen next to the Prut River, between the villages of Branişte and Avrămeni, 8 km long and 2 km wide, where there are many mounds with a height of 15-30 m. The rows formed by these mounds are parallel to the Prut river. The way these mounds were formed raises many questions for visitors, but more particularly for scientists. Thus, some scientists say that “One hundred Mounds” is the only place in Europe, where are concentrated so many large submarine reefs of the Mediterranean – the tertiary water basin, which at that time covered the territory of the Republic of Moldova with About 20 million years ago. Other scientists believe that the mounds have formed due to landslides and collapses.

The landscape comprises six terraces of the Prut, with a 50-60 m meadow and 160-170 meter slope, and it covers an area of about 1600 ha. “One hundred mounds” has a length of 8 km and a width of 2.3-1.7 km, and its originality is imprinted by the set of relief microforms – over 3,500 mounds, mostly elongated, pronounced, with steep slopes and heights from 1-3 m to 30 m like the “Gypsy Mound”


5. Staţiunea balneologică „Nufărul Alb”

“Nufărul Alb” was founded in 1986, in an area endowed with mineral springs containing sulphurous, chlorine, sodium, iodine and bromine salts. At present, “Nufărul Alb” is by far the largest sanatorium in the Republic of Moldova, located in the immediate vicinity of the center of Cahul. Cahulan water is used for the treatment of the locomotor and cardiovascular system, central and peripheral nervous system, liver and kidney diseases, metabolism, gastrointestinal tract, gynecological and dermatological diseases. Hydropathy (water treatment) is used extensively.
The resort has a capacity of 500 patients. After medical sessions, patients can visit the library, the billiard room, the pool or the disco.
The sanatorium was repeatedly rewarded with the titles of “Commercial Mark of the Year”, “Best Taxpayer of the Year”, “Quality Award” and other honors.

6. Monastery of Hâncu

The monastery is located on the banks of the river Cogilnic. Hâncu Monastery was built on the site of the nunnery in 1678 by the great stepladder Mihail Hâncu at the will of one of his daughters who entered the monastery named Parascheva. Until that day in 17th century, the hermitage was named Viadica.
The legend says that Hâncu, having needed a great army to dethrone Gheorghe Duca, received help from a family of his sergeant Apostol Durac, and then from Sorocean Constantin, who had promised his daughter’s hand. But, approaching the day of marriage, she refused to marry her father’s ally, running away from her father’s house and hiding in a lair. Mihalcea Hâncu’s daughter spent some time in the cave, being found by the hunters who were searching for her. The girl refused to leave the cave. Then the news came to her father, the dentist Mihalcea Hâncu, who asked her to come out of the cave.
The daughter accepted, only to the condition that she would only come out after hearing the sound of the bells of a church. Thus, Mihalcea Hâncu gave the order to build a church, where later his daughter spent her life.
As a result of the Tatar invasion, the church and related buildings were burned and destroyed, and the hermitage was completely ruined. As a result of these misfortunes, the nuns were forced to leave the hermitage.
In 1784 the abbot of the monastery Egumen Varlaam II built several cellars for monks and a wooden church.
In September 1949 Hâncu Monastery was closed, and in 1992, after a period of 43 years in which it was closed, Hincu Monastery restarted its activity.

7. Pădurea Domnească – the Zimbra reserve

Since 1993, the Pădurea Domnească (Princely Forest) has been declared a natural reserve for the preservation of the most representative natural forests and marshes in the middle Prut river, the conservation and regeneration of rare plant and animal species, ecological recovery and the restoration of biodiversity Ecosystems of meadow. A major importance in the reservation is bruises. On the basis of the interstate agreement under the leadership of the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Poland in 2005, the decision was made to re-condition the Zimbru in the Republic of Moldova. As a result, on August 19, 2005, 3 bisons (a male and two females) were brought into the reserve from Poland.

At present, there are 5 lizards in the Forest of the Reserve, on a 32-hectare site, which can accommodate up to 18 lizards.

 

8. Criva cave or “Emil Racoviţă”

The cave was discovered in 1959. During the explosive works to expand the gypsum pit in the area, a cave mouth was discovered, and an enormous amount of water was poured out. As a result, the quarry was flooded, respectively the extraction works were stopped, instead the openings of the cave were opened, after which, after partial drying, the research works were started. One of the largest caves in the world, made up of gypsum rocks, was discovered. The cousins called it Cinderella.

In the Karstic Gaps there are over 20 lakes, the largest of which are: Lake Dacilor, Lake Verde, A Bowl of Water, Blue Lake, Dinosaur Lake, Nautilus Lake, named after the culture, imagination and passions of the speleologists. The water of lakes, as showed by hydro-chemical analysis, has a rich content of mineral salts, which have a curative effect on the human body.

The Cinderella Cave in Criva can be used for tourism, as it occupies the third place in Europe in length and grandiosity and the seventh place in the world among the gypsum caves.

9. Castle of Manuc Bei – Hânceşti

In Hincesti there are few traces of Manuc Bei Mirzaian, the diplomat who participated in the decision of 1812, whereby Bessarabia was occupied by the Russian Empire. The hunting castle is unique in its own way.
In the Manuc-Bei-Mirzaian complex there are several buildings in deplorable condition (for now): the Palace, the Old House, the Garden, the Kitchen and the only edifice preserved is the Hunting Lodge.
Once here stood a luxurious residence, which had a hunting castle, stables, fountains, an Armenian church, and all kinds of shelters. At the residence of the Armenian diplomat – a ten-hectare property – the Bessarabian tsarist chiefs arranged all sorts of decisions for the subjugated people.
Today, only this castle, which became a museum, reminiscent of the long gone days. The natives say they did not value the complex due to Manuc Bei’s controversial personality.
Even in the way it looks today, Manuc’s mansion from Hincesti is visited annually by some 6,000 tourists.

10. The Țaul Park, Dondușeni

Approximately 200 km north from Chisinau, in the center of Tăul village in Donduseni district, we find the largest park in Moldova. It was created at the beginning of the twentieth century around the Pommer mansion. The park is one of the most successful works of the architect-landscape designer I. Vladislavskii-Podalko. The park was founded in the years 1901-1904. In its center lies a pond.

The dendrological collection has about 150 species of trees, shrubs and cloves, of which more than 100 are exotic.

The park is conventionally divided at the top, where the Pommer boyar’s village is located, but also a whole network of alleys with various floral compositions and the lower part, which reminds the forest, made up of different groups of trees, characteristics For different geographic areas. Being the largest in Moldova, the Tăul Park has a huge number of alleys, paths and canes, the length of which reaches more than 12.5 km. Entrance is free for all visitors. The park is a favorite place for visitors from various corners of Moldova and abroad, and it is especially beautiful during the flowering period and late autumn.

To conclude, we reckon that these landmarks are not the only destinations that really deserve to be visited, discovered and rediscovered by curious tourists’ eyes. The list of beautiful destinations in the Republic of Moldova is infinitely … great! However, we have chosen for you just ten of the most known, representative and visited places in the country, which we believe will leave you with a unique memory after you have crossed the threshold of the country.

Moldova awaits you!

Moldova the most beautiful!

“Hospitality, Tradition, Mystery”. This is the tourism slogan meant to represent the Republic of Moldova in the world. “We represent ourselves, as a country, we have traditions and customs, but at the same time we are underestimated, we are mysterious.” So spoke Mr. Nicolae Platon, the inventor of the slogan, about the country where he was born and lives. Perhaps this gentleman, like any of those who not only inhabit this country, but also draw their roots here from ancestors, may be that open book for those who visit the Republic of Moldova for the first time in their life. Either this corner of heaven, as Moldova is named in books and legends, indeed conceals in itself the most beautiful values, such as the hospitality of the Moldovans, the traditions preserved from the ancestors and the holiness of the children and grandchildren. And mystery, which can be understood from the viewpoint of ignorance of this place by Europeans but once here, you will understand that each place and destination carries with it the imprint of uniqueness, the sacred and the new absolute. This is Moldova, a small country with a large soul.
We’ve known since our childhood about the curiosity for novelty, and the desire to discover the world by traveling. And we hold to this curiosity throughout life. You will know Moldova only by visiting and traveling through her most beautiful places. That’s why we have listed some of the most wonderful and special tourism destinations that this country has reserved for you – her guests! So let’s start our journey now!
1. The fortress of Soroca
It is located in the centre of Soroca, about 160 km north of Chisinau. In medieval times the fortress of Soroca was part of a vast defensive system of Moldova, including: four fortresses in Nistru, two fortresses on the Danube, and theree fortresses in the north of the country. Thus, the borders of the country were protected with a true “stone girdle”.
Soroca is the only monument of history and medieval Moldovan art that has been preserved in its entirety, as it was conceived by the masonry masters. Being part of the defensive system and being placed on the eastern border of the country, the fortress was repeatedly strengthened by the care and skill of the two rulers, so that in front of the high and tall walls, assaulters found themselves forced to quench their invasion cravings, while the Tatars, the Cossacks, the Turks and all sorts of invading hordes were being inexorably pushed back.
It is not surprising that this fortress is the most attractive destination for foreign tourists, the city is visited by hundreds of tourists from different corners of the world, because, as they say, the Soroca Fortress is the place where the history, the charm and the life of the past meet in harmony. So, if you have arrived in Moldova, and want to know its history, we recommend the Soroca Fortress to you!

Soroca

2. Orheiul Vechi

Along the river Râuţ is Old Orhei, probably the most spectacular place in the Republic of Moldova. The gorge formed among the limestone formations provides the visitor with an impressive picture, no matter the season.

And this place is full of history. In the fourteenth century, it would even have been the seat of the Tedar inn of the Golden Horn. Archaeologists have found here the foundation and part of the wall of an oriental bath, which was equipped with radiators and heated floors, with ventilation, the water reaching through clay pipes.

It is said that at the time of Stephen the Great, there was even a quadrilateral fortress, reinforced with towers, according to archaeological excavations.

But truly impressive are the caves in the rocks of the gorge, many of which have been extended and carved by the hand of man to be turned into churches and cells for monks. Even today, monastic life goes on in the caves of Orheiul Vechi.

Within the archaeological complex Orheiul Vechi there are some monumental stone constructions, which are of special interest both from a scientific point of view and from a museographic point of view. Among them are five tourism objectives: the Getic Fortress, the medieval fortress, the window, the inn and the church. There is also a series of grottoes that penetrate the rocky shores that have become holy sites throughout history, which are classified by archaeologists as: the very old Bosie Monastery that functioned in the 15th century, and more recently, the undercross complex, called Butuceni, with a rock-cut church, which is a unique architectural one, being built after some older models, the four-level cell complex, and the Chaiman Monks Complex or Rafail’s Cells.

3. The Buteşti Elephant – The Stone Monster of the Paleolithic Age
The Buteşti Gorges are the first geological formations saved from the destruction by the ecological movement in Moldova. This happened in 1984, when they were in danger of destruction for the extraction of stone in quarries. Over 110 hectares wide, these cliffs stretch on miles.

The chain is crowned by the Buteşti gorge with a rock that resembles the profile of an elephant. In the cave of the “Elephant”, remnants of the prehistoric era were found, several objects dating back from the Cututeni Civilization (6th millennium BC) were excavated.

3. „One hundred mounds”
A true display of Moldovan soil is seen next to the Prut River, between the villages of Branişte and Avrămeni, 8 km long and 2 km wide, where there are many mounds with a height of 15-30 m. The rows formed by these mounds are parallel to the Prut river. The way these mounds were formed raises many questions for visitors, but more particularly for scientists. Thus, some scientists say that “One hundred Mounds” is the only place in Europe, where are concentrated so many large submarine reefs of the Mediterranean – the tertiary water basin, which at that time covered the territory of the Republic of Moldova with About 20 million years ago. Other scientists believe that the mounds have formed due to landslides and collapses.

The landscape comprises six terraces of the Prut, with a 50-60 m meadow and 160-170 meter slope, and it covers an area of about 1600 ha. “One hundred mounds” has a length of 8 km and a width of 2.3-1.7 km, and its originality is imprinted by the set of relief microforms – over 3,500 mounds, mostly elongated, pronounced, with steep slopes and heights from 1-3 m to 30 m like the “Gypsy Mound”

4. Staţiunea balneologică „Nufărul Alb”
“Nufărul Alb” was founded in 1986, in an area endowed with mineral springs containing sulphurous, chlorine, sodium, iodine and bromine salts. At present, “Nufărul Alb” is by far the largest sanatorium in the Republic of Moldova, located in the immediate vicinity of the center of Cahul. Cahulan water is used for the treatment of the locomotor and cardiovascular system, central and peripheral nervous system, liver and kidney diseases, metabolism, gastrointestinal tract, gynecological and dermatological diseases. Hydropathy (water treatment) is used extensively.
The resort has a capacity of 500 patients. After medical sessions, patients can visit the library, the billiard room, the pool or the disco.
The sanatorium was repeatedly rewarded with the titles of “Commercial Mark of the Year”, “Best Taxpayer of the Year”, “Quality Award” and other honors.

5. Monastery of Hâncu
The monastery is located on the banks of the river Cogilnic. Hâncu Monastery was built on the site of the nunnery in 1678 by the great stepladder Mihail Hâncu at the will of one of his daughters who entered the monastery named Parascheva. Until that day in 17th century, the hermitage was named Viadica.
The legend says that Hâncu, having needed a great army to dethrone Gheorghe Duca, received help from a family of his sergeant Apostol Durac, and then from Sorocean Constantin, who had promised his daughter’s hand. But, approaching the day of marriage, she refused to marry her father’s ally, running away from her father’s house and hiding in a lair. Mihalcea Hâncu’s daughter spent some time in the cave, being found by the hunters who were searching for her. The girl refused to leave the cave. Then the news came to her father, the dentist Mihalcea Hâncu, who asked her to come out of the cave.
The daughter accepted, only to the condition that she would only come out after hearing the sound of the bells of a church. Thus, Mihalcea Hâncu gave the order to build a church, where later his daughter spent her life.
As a result of the Tatar invasion, the church and related buildings were burned and destroyed, and the hermitage was completely ruined. As a result of these misfortunes, the nuns were forced to leave the hermitage.
In 1784 the abbot of the monastery Egumen Varlaam II built several cellars for monks and a wooden church.
In September 1949 Hâncu Monastery was closed, and in 1992, after a period of 43 years in which it was closed, Hincu Monastery restarted its activity.

6. Pădurea Domnească – the Zimbra reserve
Since 1993, the Pădurea Domnească (Princely Forest) has been declared a natural reserve for the preservation of the most representative natural forests and marshes in the middle Prut river, the conservation and regeneration of rare plant and animal species, ecological recovery and the restoration of biodiversity Ecosystems of meadow. A major importance in the reservation is bruises. On the basis of the interstate agreement under the leadership of the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Poland in 2005, the decision was made to re-condition the Zimbru in the Republic of Moldova. As a result, on August 19, 2005, 3 bisons (a male and two females) were brought into the reserve from Poland.

At present, there are 5 lizards in the Forest of the Reserve, on a 32-hectare site, which can accommodate up to 18 lizards.

7. Criva cave or “Emil Racoviţă”

The cave was discovered in 1959. During the explosive works to expand the gypsum pit in the area, a cave mouth was discovered, and an enormous amount of water was poured out. As a result, the quarry was flooded, respectively the extraction works were stopped, instead the openings of the cave were opened, after which, after partial drying, the research works were started. One of the largest caves in the world, made up of gypsum rocks, was discovered. The cousins called it Cinderella.

In the Karstic Gaps there are over 20 lakes, the largest of which are: Lake Dacilor, Lake Verde, A Bowl of Water, Blue Lake, Dinosaur Lake, Nautilus Lake, named after the culture, imagination and passions of the speleologists. The water of lakes, as showed by hydro-chemical analysis, has a rich content of mineral salts, which have a curative effect on the human body.

The Cinderella Cave in Criva can be used for tourism, as it occupies the third place in Europe in length and grandiosity and the seventh place in the world among the gypsum caves.

8. Castle of Manuc Bei – Hânceşti
In Hincesti there are few traces of Manuc Bei Mirzaian, the diplomat who participated in the decision of 1812, whereby Bessarabia was occupied by the Russian Empire. The hunting castle is unique in its own way.
In the Manuc-Bei-Mirzaian complex there are several buildings in deplorable condition (for now): the Palace, the Old House, the Garden, the Kitchen and the only edifice preserved is the Hunting Lodge.
Once here stood a luxurious residence, which had a hunting castle, stables, fountains, an Armenian church, and all kinds of shelters. At the residence of the Armenian diplomat – a ten-hectare property – the Bessarabian tsarist chiefs arranged all sorts of decisions for the subjugated people.
Today, only this castle, which became a museum, reminiscent of the long gone days. The natives say they did not value the complex due to Manuc Bei’s controversial personality.
Even in the way it looks today, Manuc’s mansion from Hincesti is visited annually by some 6,000 tourists.

9. The Țaul Park, Dondușeni
Approximately 200 km north from Chisinau, in the center of Tăul village in Donduseni district, we find the largest park in Moldova. It was created at the beginning of the twentieth century around the Pommer mansion. The park is one of the most successful works of the architect-landscape designer I. Vladislavskii-Podalko. The park was founded in the years 1901-1904. In its center lies a pond.

The dendrological collection has about 150 species of trees, shrubs and cloves, of which more than 100 are exotic.

The park is conventionally divided at the top, where the Pommer boyar’s village is located, but also a whole network of alleys with various floral compositions and the lower part, which reminds the forest, made up of different groups of trees, characteristics For different geographic areas. Being the largest in Moldova, the Tăul Park has a huge number of alleys, paths and canes, the length of which reaches more than 12.5 km. Entrance is free for all visitors. The park is a favorite place for visitors from various corners of Moldova and abroad, and it is especially beautiful during the flowering period and late autumn.

To conclude, we reckon that these landmarks are not the only destinations that really deserve to be visited, discovered and rediscovered by curious tourists’ eyes. The list of beautiful destinations in the Republic of Moldova is infinitely … great! However, we have chosen for you just ten of the most known, representative and visited places in the country, which we believe will leave you with a unique memory after you have crossed the threshold of the country.
Moldova awaits you! Moldova the most beautiful!

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