THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA AND ITS HIDDEN CHARMS

Sometimes, the nicest things exist where we least expect and look. Most people dream of exotic vacations on desert islands, but they ignore so many other wonders nearby, that are at least as awesome and maybe even easier to acquire. The Republic of Moldavia is one of the hidden gems of Europe, which many people miss out, but they have no clue about the touristic potential that it holds. We are going to present you a few of the interesting and amazing places that you will find in the Republic of Moldova and are waiting for you to discover them.

The following suggestions serve as eloquent evidence that Moldova is rich in rural landscapes and that anybody across the world would choose as their holiday destination. Starting from the largest cellar in the world and continuing with the fascinating monasteries, touristic locations of Moldova are an invaluable treasure waiting to be discovered.

Soroca Fortress is in the center of Soroca town, about 160 km north of Chisinau. In the Middle Ages the city of Soroca was part of a vast defensive system of Moldova. It was built close to the Nistru River cross path on the site of the old fortifications. In 1499, on the command of Stephen the Great, the city erected a wooden square. Between 1543 and 1546, during the reign of Petru Rares, the city is rebuilt from its foundation entirely in stone, as we see it today. The fortress is a medieval monument in Moldova, which was kept in its original form, as it was designed by craftsmen and the entrance in the bastion there is a small military church.

In the same area, you can visit the “Candle of Gratitude” Monument (located high on a rock above the bank of Nistru River), which represents one of the most important creations in the history of Moldova, and you can also visit the beautiful Cosăuţi Monastery.

The Orhei Museum Complex, situated in a rocky gorge of Raut River, over 200 meters deep, is one of the most famous areas rich in archeological vestiges and remains of different civilizations established between the area of Nistru and Prut. It is one of two places in the world where ancient ruins dating millennia ago have been preserved is such a good shape. Stone caverns confirm the presence of the first human settlements that date back a few hundred thousand years. The rocky hill hosts a strong fortification of the Dacians, dating between the 5th and 3rd century b.C. The surface of the archeological complex is extraordinarily small for the large number of natural and architectural monuments directly descended from history and legend.

Here, tourists can visit the Farmyard Museum (19th century), the landscape reserve “Trebujeni” and many other beautiful sight seeings.

Milestii Mici Cellar entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2007 after having been validated as having the world’s longest and highest storage capacity. Nowadays, it is an underground wine city with a total length of galleries of over 200 kilometers, with streets named after famous wines and along which there are placed oak barrels and tanks with a total capacity of 65 million liters, underground waterfalls, fountains and tasting rooms.

A special place within the Cellar is represented by the “Milestii Mici” Golden Collection, where you will find about 2 million bottles of wines of the finest quality. You can also visit the “Estate of Maniuc Bei” and the “Milestii Mici” wine warehouses.

In the center of Moldova, in a picturesque area with green and deep forests there is one of the oldest monasteries of Moldova – Capriana, founded in 1429. It was built by various rulers, including Stephen the Great, and has long served as the residence of the Metropolitan of Moldova. Being closed and devastated during the post-war years, it reopened again in 1989, becoming a symbol of national revival. At Capriana you can find the largest monastic library in Moldova, with precious royal gifts.

Nearby you can visit many beautiful old churches, such as “Assumption” (built in 1545), “Saint Nicholas” (1840), “St. George” (1903), “Capriana-Scoreni” landscape reserve, the oak of Stephen the Great; the oldest reserve of Moldova – “Codri”, Răciula Monastery or Cojusna Winery.

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