Chisinau attractions: what to see for one and three days - photo
Chisinau is difficult to call a tourist town, primarily because of his youth. However, it is like no other city in Moldova represents the national character of the Moldavians — it is the same noisy, cheerful and friendly to guests, as are local residents.
Let chişinău's sights are not very antiquity and refinement, understanding the tourist will find many interesting for yourself. Especially interesting would be for the Russians, as Chisinau is closely connected with Russia and figures of Russian history and culture.
Chisinau on the map
Chisinau — capital of Moldova, the main economic and cultural center of this country.
Chisinau is located in the Central part of the Moldavian Republic. Like Moscow, the city stands on 7 hills, located along inflow of Dnestr — the rivers the Bull.
How to get there?
In Chisinau from Moscow depart daily 4 flightslinking the two capitals. Flight time is about 2 hours.
Pick up a ticket on the plane you can use this search form. Enter the departure city and arrival city, date and number of passengers.
From St. Petersburg flights depart 3 times a week, flight time is about the same as from Moscow.
Train Moscow — Chisinau and St. Petersburg — Chisinau will depart daily, however due to the fact that a significant part of the route passes through the territory of Ukraine, they are likely to use Moldovan citizens.
To get to the Moldovan capital by bus from many Russian cities, or by car. The route also passes through Ukraine.
Moldova has its own low-cost carrier, which can be reached in Russia and Europe. What is the low-cost carrier, find out here.
The sights of the Moldovan capital - photo
Despite the relative remoteness of the first mention of Chisinau (in 1436), the status of the city the current capital of Moldavia was only in the early nineteenth century, following the accession of Moldova to the Russian Empire. Therefore, the sights of the city are not ancient and were created in the XIX-XX centuries. In addition, the Chisinau greatly suffered during the Second World war, so our time came to a few buildings of this city.
Chisinau is relatively poor for architectural masterpieces. Among the interesting sites are the following buildings.
- Triumphal arch in Chisinau was built in the mid-nineteenth century to commemorate the Russian victory in the Russo-Turkish war of 1806-1812, the result of which Moldova was part of Russia. The project author was the architect I. Zaushkevich, and the sample for it was the famous Roman triumphal arch. The arch is decorated with a clock, specially brought from Austria, and 3 bells on the second tier.
- The building of the mayor's officers of Chisinau was built in the early XX century by the architects A. Bernardazzi and Alladi in the style of late eclecticism. City hall is decorated with Venetian clock every hour playing the melody of the outstanding Moldavian composer E. Doga.
- Water tower — a monument of industrial architecture and one of the symbols of the city. The author of the project of the tower is an outstanding architect Alexander Bernardazzi, who was the chief architect of the city in XIX-XX centuries. The tower is built of local stone-limestone and brick.
- The building of the Chisinau circus was built in the early 80-ies of XX century style brutalism project S. Shoykhet. The Chisinau circus was one of the mostthe colourful buildings of the capital of Moldova of the late Soviet period. Unfortunately, since 2004, the Chisinau circus was closed for repairs, which "continues" until now.
Organ hall of Chisinau — the monument of architecture of beginning of XX century. The building was built in 1911 in the neoclassical style by the project of architect M. Moldovan Chekerul-jackpot. The original building was erected for the Bank that it was in the period before the revolution, while Moldavia in the Romania and in the Soviet times.
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The organ hall was moved here in 1978, then took the first concert. Now organ hall is not only one of the most important cultural centers of the city, but also one of the most beautiful buildings in Chisinau.
After in 2011 the tower was on a regular basis 8 illuminated by spotlights that change color, she was finally recognized as the main symbol of the city.
On the streets of Chisinau commemorated the various figures of history and culture. From the medieval rulers up to the heroes of the civil war.
- The monument to the native of Moldova Grigory Kotovsky is located at Negruzzi square. A 5-metre bronze sculpture on the massive granite pedestal decorated the city in 1954.
- Pushkin monument is in the Park Stefan cel Mare. This monument is the oldest in the city, was set in pre-revolutionary Russia in 1885. As is known, Pushkin was in exile in Kishinev and left a lot of memories in their diaries. The statue of Pushkin in Kishinev is almost an exact copy of the monument to the poet in Moscow.
- The monument to Stephen the Great, ruler of Moldavia in the XV-XVI centuries, installed in the namesake Park in Chisinau. The date of the monument is 1927.
- The monument to Latin she-wolf with Romulus and Remus is an exact copy of the Roman monument and symbolizes the relationship of Moldova with the rest of the Roman world. Sculpture installed in front of the National Museum of history of Moldova.
The author of the monument - sculptor A. Plamadeala, sculpted a sculpture with no lifetime portrait of Stephen the Great, previously found in Pomorskom monastery.
The multinational character of the XIX century Chisinau was reflected in its temples belonging to different religions.
- Armenian Church of the Holy virgin was erected at the beginning of the XIX century, before gaining the status of Chisinau city. The temple was built at the expense of the Armenian community living in Moldova, the names of who donated are listed on the memorial plaque on the wall of the temple.
- Cathedral of the Nativity is the main Church of the Orthodox Church of Moldova (Moscow Patriarchate). The Cathedral in the classical style by A. Melnikov was built in the first half of the nineteenth century. The Church was damaged during the Second World war. After the collapse of USSR and gaining independence of Moldova, was carried out extensive reconstruction of the building.
- Cathedral of St. Thomas of Sihly Cathedral of the Bessarabian Metropolitanate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The temple was built in the late XIX century A. Bernardazzi in the pseudo-Byzantine style as a chapel. After Moldova became part of Romania, the Church was transferred to the Romanian Orthodox Church. In Soviet times it housed the Museum of atheism, and after the collapse of the USSR, he was returned to the believers of the Romanian autocephaly.
- Catholic Cathedral of Divine Providence was built in the XIX century by the St. Petersburg architect I. Charlemagne in the neoclassical style. The temple is the Cathedral of Chisinau among followers of Catholicism.
Church of the Holy virgin Mary combines the classic style of the Byzantine churches in his Armenian version with the style of tent architecture.
Despite the modest size of Chisinau, the city has many interesting museums dedicated to the history and culture of the country, as well as outstanding personalities who played a significant role in the life of Moldovan capital.
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- National Museum of Ethnography and natural history of Moldova dedicated to the culture of the Moldovan people and local nature. In addition to themed rooms, the interest is the Museum building itself. Bright building in the Moorish style by the architect of the Gypsy beautifies the streets of Chisinau from the beginning of XX century.
The house-Museum of the outstanding Russian architect A. Shchusev located on the same street in the capital of Moldova. Shchusev was a native of Chisinau, and although left the city in his youth, his fate was closely connected with Chisinau, as Shchusev was the author of the project of rebuilding the city after the Second World war. The Museum is located in the building in which he was born Shchusev, it exhibits his personal belongings and photographs.
- House MuseumPushkin is located in the building in which the poet was in exile in Chisinau. The Museum was opened in 1948 in the remaining wing of the manor merchant Naumov, in which Pushkin lived. The Museum has over 200 exhibits, including books, gun and edition of Pushkin's working notebooks.
- National history Museum of Moldova has more than 300 thousand exhibits, the exhibition presents only 4 thousand of them. Of particular interest are the prehistoric finds, and the antiquities found in the territory of the country.
The Museum also has a room devoted to the life and work of another outstanding native of Chisinau, the architect A. Bernardazzi.
One of the favorite places of the residents of Chisinau and for guests of the city — the City Botanic gardens, divided into different sectors: an arboretum, a rose garden, rock garden, Formby garden and others. Only on the territory of the Botanical garden grows more than 10 thousand different species of flora.
In the vicinity of Chisinau you can meet a beautiful lake, but the purity of the water they are nothing compared to reservoirs, which are described in the following article.
Park Stefan cel Mare — the oldest Park in Chisinau, almost two centuries taking visitors. The Park covers an area of about 7 hectares, on which grow many trees, shrubs and flowers. In the Park are several sculptures, including the Alley of classical Romanian literature.
What else to see?
Oddly enough, the most interesting places of Moldova located outside the administrative borders of Chisinau. Therefore, in order to visit them, you will have to travel outside of the city.
What to visit in 3 days?
In three days you can not only visit all the important sights of Chisinau, but also the most interesting places of the suburb of the Moldovan capital. If you have the opportunity to leave town for a few days, then you should definitely take a tour to the fortresses of Moldavian Principality — of national pride Moldovans and one of the most powerful system of fortresses in Eastern Europe.
To their number belongs the fortress in Soroca, as well as fortifications in the cities, now located on the territory of other States: Cetatea Alba (Bilhorod-dnistrovs'kyi), Hawtin, kilo, Cetinska strongholds in Ukraine, Suceska and Nemecka fortress in Romania.
It would also be interesting to make a pilgrimage to the famous rock monastery in the village of Tipova.
Where to go 1 day?
Cricova underground wine gallery, located in the town of Cricova, store more than 30 million liters of Moldovan wine production, as well as from other countries around the world, including rare and fabulously expensive varieties. The entire wine cellar has more than 1 million bottles and a lot of barrels of the main national drink of Moldova.
The halls of the galleries are stunningly beautiful and resemble palaces, or the best examples of Stalin's underground. In the many tasting rooms you can taste the best samples of local wines. Cricova is located in the suburbs of Chisinau, however, the trip will take one day. Excursion to Cricova gallery is by appointment.
What to do in the city with children?
In the zoo of Chisinau there are over 1 thousand different animals from all continents, including Antarctica. Very popular local zoo and aviaries with ungulates.
Little guests of the zoo can not only see different fauna, but also to ride the pony, try out the local attractions and playgrounds.
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