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Cities in Moldova : Balti, Cahul, Chisinau, Soroca, Tighina, Tiraspol
The tiny former Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova / Moldavia, the last forgotten corner of Europe. The Prut River forms Moldova's western boundary, and the Dniester River forms part of the country's northeastern and southeastern boundaries.
Capital City Moldova : Chisinau.
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One of the highlights of any trip to Chisinau is an afternoon spent wine tasting in the underground wine town of Cricova. The huge cavernous roads named after grape varieties stretch for more than 60 kilometres under
the limestone hills. Before continuing by car to Odessa you can experience the Soviet Union with a stop in the
self-proclaimed independent Trans-Dniester Republic. Here, Lenin still stands proudly outside official buildings
in its capital, Tiraspol. In Odessa, wandering along the cobbled streets of the old town one can feel the Turkish and Balkan influences of past centuries.
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The A to Z of Moldova
Andrei Brezianu (Author)
The Republic of Moldova claims a European lineage reaching back in time long before its 14th century accession to statehood. In the 15th century, it managed against all
odds to avoid being conquered by Islam and-albeit an intermittent vassal after 1485-it maintained its autonomy and was never turned into a province of the Ottoman Empire.
After this period, however, Moldova would not be so fortunate, as it altered between Russian, Romanian, and Soviet control until it finally gained its independence in 1991
from the Soviet Union. The A to Z of Moldova, through its chronology, introduction, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries
on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, traces the history of this small, but densely
populated country, providing a compass for the direction it is heading.
Paperback: 498 pages; Publisher: Scarecrow Press (1 July 2010); ISBN-10: 0810872110; ISBN-13: 978-0810872110.
Romania and Moldova (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
Robert Reid (Author)
Paperback: 392 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 May 2007); ISBN-10: 1741044782; ISBN-13: 978-1741044782.
Transport / How do I travel to Moldova
Chisinau International Airoport Kishinev
- Flight tickets Moldova / Chisenau
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Airline Tickets / Bargain Flights [ via Amsterdam / Budapest, Paris, Prague and Vienna ]
International passenger railway transportation is ensured mainly via the railway station in Chisinau. There are
direct and transit trips to/from the main cities of the Russian Federation [ Moscow, St.-Peterburg, Saratov)],
Ukraine [ Kiev, Odessa, Ivano-Frankovsk, Simferopol, Reni) ], Belarus [ Minsk ], Romania [ Bucharest, Constanta ] and Bulgaria [ Sofia, Varna, Burgas ].
Connections with such cities as Moscow, Bucharest, Odessa and Reni is provided daily.
National Express Eurolines
Travel by bus or coach to Moldova.
Getting around Moldova is a matter of buses, trams and trolleybuses.
Online Maps Moldova [ Uni Texas - Perry-Castaņeda Library - Map Collection Europe ]
Weather in Moldova - Meteo Moldova
Republic of Moldava Tourism
Map of Moldova, Countryside and conservation areas, Top Heritage Sights, Tourist towns, The Wine Road in
Moldova, The wine route, Wineries, Suggested tours of Moldova, Arts and Crafts, Craft Centers and Craftsmen, Things to do and much more
Chisinau - Capital City Moldova
Balti, the so-called "Northern capital" of Moldova, is known as far back as 1421. The locality obtained its name
from the local swamps, and later all the environs retained the same name for a large area, known today as
the Balti Steppe. In 1711 Balti was the location for the alliance of the headquarters staffs of the Ruler of
Moldova Dmitrie Cantemir and Russian tzar Petru I, during the "Prut' Campaign" against Turkish janisaries.
Latter, with the development of a rail interchange, the importance of Balti rose, and it became a big industrial centre.
Cahul - balneo–climateric station Nufarul Alb
Well known in Moldova and the former Soviet Union countries. Thermal mineral water and clean air from the
Lower Prut region enhance the curative value of the resort. This locality was first recorded in 1452, but an
archaeological investigation affirms that it is much older. It developed not far from a crossing over the Prut
river, but has been the scene of many military confrontations. Tartars and Turks have sacked this locality
many times. Only at the end of XIXth century, after a battle at Cahul between Moldo-Russian and Turkish
armies, have the attacks ceased, and the Cahul region became an important commercial centre in the south of Moldova.
Peshtere - Orheiuel Vechi
Saharna St Trinity Monastery
Soroca always has been a fortress town at the Nistru River crossing. The Genovian traders called this place
Olihonia. Later it appears in documents as Soroca (1499). Recognising its strategic importance many Rulers
have consolidated the walls of Soroca fortress: Stefan cel Mare, Petru Rares, etc. In its present shape the
fortress was made by craftsmen from Transilvania in 1543-1546. It is perfectly round, with five bastions
situated at equal distances from each other. Only soldiers lived in the citadel, but during sieges the natives
could find protection there too. There is an old legend about the white stork and Soroca fortress. It says that,
during a long siege, the starving defenders survived thanks to their courage and a white stork, which brought
them bunches of grapes. Today a stork with bunches in its beak is one of the symbols of Moldova.
Now a regional centre with big squares, modernised streets, hospitals, grammar schools, conventionalised
churches, etc. In the Soviet period the town became an important industrial centre for the north of Moldova.
Near the oldest Nistru gorge, in the third century B.C., there was a human settlement in Tighina. Later there
appeared the first palisade and earthwork fortifications. The first documentary mention of "Tighina Fortress"
was in 1408. In the reign of Petru Rares the fortress was rebuilt in stone. Its walls have survived to the
present and offer an example of classic Moldavian defensive construction. In 1538 Tighina was conquered
by the Turkish Empire and re-named Bender. The Russians conquered it in 1812. Today the fortress serves
as a base for the 14th Russian Army. In Tighina's historical centre two old churches from the XIXth century
can be visited. You can also find the History Museum here. In Varnita, a Tighina suburb, the Carol XIIth
Museum is worth visiting (Carol XII is the Swedish King, who took refuge here after losing the Battle of
Poltava to the Russians). Varnita is also well known for its mineral water spring, which has remarkable curative properties, appreciated at home and abroad.
Tiraspol derives from a Greek word "the town on the Nistru". Tiraspol appeared on Moldova's map in 1792
during the Russian and Turkish battle near Bender Fortress. In just a few months, a fortress with 3 towers
was constructed to strengthen the positions of the Russian Army lead by Alexander Suvorov. After
Basarabia's annexation to Russia, the fortress was transformed into a prison (where, during the Czarist
regime, many Decabrists were held). It was later destroyed. Today we can see the ruins of only one tower.
Tiraspol is a Green Town with a beautiful leisure zone on the banks of the Nistru. There is an old Tree Garden
in the centre of the town. You can also visit The History Museum, T. Sevcenco University, the Drama Theatre,
monuments to A. Suvorov and the Decabrist V. Raievscki. An interesting trip can be organized to Moldova's
great geo-palaeonthologic monument – Valceana Colcot. The locals are very fond of their resort area near lake Cuciurgan.
Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova
Hunting in Moldova
In the Republic of Moldova the hunting of stags, roe deer, wild boar and foxes is permitted under license from "Moldsilva" State Forest Agency in Chisenau
International Exhibition Centre - Moldexpo
The Centre of exhibition-fair activity of the Republic of Moldova.
News - Moldova News - daily news by the 'Independent Journalism Center' in Moldova
National Bank of Moldova (NBM) - central bank
Negru de Purcari [ favorite red wine of QE ]
News from Tiraspol - Tiraspol Times and Weekly
Radio Moldova - Radio Nova
TV Moldova / Chisenau - ProTV
United Nations in Moldova -
General information about Moldovië besides the UN-program en UN activities.
Info page Moldavia
Coming in Moldova, History Moldova, Useful Information, Touristic Objects, Touristic Routes Moldova
Orientation Moldova - a.o. news and weather
Peter's Moldova Page
Photo-tiraspol.com - Pictures Tiraspol
Pridnestrovie - also known by its Romanian name, Transnistria - is a new country in South Eastern Europe. It
borders Moldova and Ukraine. Like a dozen other post-communist countries, the republic declared its
independence in 1990. Later, in a nationwide referendum, the inhabitants of the country voted to reaffirm Pridnestrovie's independence and rejected efforts to join neighboring Moldova.
Also known as Pridnestrovie and Pridnestrovye, or Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica, in Transdniestria. Transdniestria.com aims to collect opinions, news and thoughts on the independent country
status of Transdniestria from many different sources.
Cuisine - Moldova Foods / Recipes
Nature is very generous in Moldova, offering plentiful grapes, fruits, vegetables, meat and milk products and
cereals, all of which have found their uses in Moldova's national food. Moldovan cuisine has had a great
influence on the traditional food of the other nationalities that live on this territory. At the same time some
elements have been incorporated from Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Gagauzian and Russian cuisine, as well as elements taken some centuries ago from Greek and Turkish food.
In different parts of Moldova there are local cuisines. In the East the Ukrainians prefer borsch, in the south the
Bulgarians can offer a delicious chicken sauce – mangea, and the Gagauzians may serve you şorpa – a
spicy ram soup, and the Russians will offer you their traditional pelmeni – a kind of roll stuffed with meat.
The Moldovan cuisine is served with a variety of traditional drinks: stewed fruits, juices, as well as alcoholic drinks like: wine, brandy, "tuica" – plum brandy, etc.
National dishes: Varenyky and Vryonoye Miaso
History of Moldova
Independence: 27 August 1991 (from Soviet Union)
History of Moldova - WikipediA
Moldova's territory was inhabited in ancient times by Dacians. Situated on a strategic route between Asia and
Europe, Moldova has suffered from several invasions, including those of the Kievan Rus and the Mongols.....
National History Museum of Moldova
The museum has 5 branches: Exhibitions of Military Technology, The Sciusev House and Museum (both in
Chisinau), The C.Stamati House and Museum (Ocnita), Lazo's Manson (in Piatra), Carol the XIIth's House and Museum in Varnita. See Tourism Moldova.
Music, Art & Culture
Music of Moldova
Moldovan music is closely related to that of its neighbor and cultural kin, Romania. Moldovan folk is known for
swift, complex rhythms (a characteristic shared with many Eastern European traditions), musical improvisation, syncopation and much melodic ornamentation...
Culture of Moldova
The culture of Moldova has been influenced primarily by its Romanian origin, the roots of which reach back to
the second century A.D., the period of Roman colonization in Dacia. This is due to the fact that the majority of the population of Moldova (Moldovans) are of common ethnicity with Romanians...
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