Welcome to Moldova | What to See and Experience in a Small Country With a Big Heart

Moldova, a small country with a big heart

I’m starting the series of Autumn trips with a trip to Moldova at the end of September this year. Moldova borders Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and south. First of all, I’m taking you to Chișinău, the capital of Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe with a big heart. Chișinău plesantly surprised me with its charm and buildings, friendly people and cheerful atmosphere.

The first day of the visit was reserved for a tour of the city center thanks to Invest Moldova Agency and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova.

Moldova aims to become the European center of wine and food in the near future. In the next travel post, I will show you three grandiose wineries in the immediate vicinity of the capital that will not leave anyone indifferent.

And today, first of all, enjoy the photos of the train station, which gained additional popularity with this year’s Eurovision hit song: Trenulețul by the group: Zdob si Zdub & Advahov Brothers. The station is very spacious and decorated so that you will get the impression that you are on the set of a vintage moovie. It’s so charming and beautiful.

Then I walk you through the streets of the city in the city center and show you the architectural style, lively atmosphere and interesting corners and details that caught my eye.

Moldova a small country with a big heart

After the city, we move to a nearby village zone Old Orhei, which is located on the Raut River, where time seems to have stopped. It is a national heritage of Moldova, located approximately 60 km from the capital and includes three villages: Butuceni, Morovaja and Trebujeni. In the colorful Butuceni old crafts are nurtured, delicious food is prepared and life is relaxed and slow without stress. I enjoyed a pleasant lunch that included traditional Moldovan zama soup, mamaliga with meat (some kind of goulash and polenta with sour cream), good wine and traditional cookies.

Orhei Vechi is an archaeological complex. There is an Arheological Museum, churches and several private rustic hotels. It’s so peaceful place with amazing landscapes and rich history that brings visitors to discover Moldovan historical way of life.

In the village on the hill there is also a beautiful ancient rock church and the symbol of the place – a large cross on the lookout. There is a legend that if you touch the cross and make a wish, that wish will come true.

And for the end of the trip around Moldova, I’m taking you to a small town called Bendery. Bendery (Russian: Бендеры; Moldovan: Bender or Tighina) is a city in the unrecognized republic of Transnistria, on the west or right bank of the Dniestr River. Bendery Fortress is the main attraction. It’s a 16th-century Ottoman fortification overlooking the river, restored and open to visit.

Benderi Fortress was originally built of earth and wood during the reign of Prince Stephen the Great. In 1538, the Fortress was conquered by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who ordered it to be rebuilt in stone and expanded.

Outside is the newer Alexander Nevsky Church which is well worth a visit. You can also see various statues of famous historical  people, as well as an interesting Museum and even scary places like the torture chamber during the past.

Have you had the opportunity to visit this unique charming country? I hope I have conveyed its beauty to you and piqued your interest in the upcoming blog post on the topic of famous Moldovan wineries.

The Train Station

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Chișinău

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Old Orhei

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Bendery

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