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Chisinau History Overview

Chisinau was originally built in 1436 as a Monastery town in the Moldavian Principality. In the 16th century it became part of the Ottoman Empire. After being occupied by Russia in 1812 it’s population rose from 7,.000 to well over 100,000 in seven decades. From the mid 1830s the city grew rapidly. Whilst the old part of the city remained unaltered Russian architects added a newer city centre with a railway station. The new part of the city was more spacious with its new cathedral and bell tower it had a distinct a Regal air.

Towards the end of the century because of an increasing anti-semitic culture in Poland and Russia many Jews migrated to Chisinau – in 1900 they made up 43% of the city’s population. The influx sparked an anti-semitic riot in April 1903 with 47 Jews killed and 92 seriously injured. During the riot another 500 were slightly injured and as many Jewish homes were destroyed. At the end of WW1 and following the Russian Revolution Moldova briefly declared itself as a Independent country before becoming an autonomous state within the Kingdom of Romania. Chisinau was no longer a capital city. Over the next 20 years the city was extensively renovated.

Shortly after WW2 began, Chisinau was occupied by the Soviet Red Army. Five months later on 10th November 1940 it was severely devastated by an earthquake. Eight months later the German bombarded Chisinau before, finally capturing it on 17 July 1941. The city was destroyed and 10,000 of its Jews were taken to the outskirts of the city and shot dead. In August 1944 the Red Army attacked the Germans occupying the city. The battle lasted over five months before the Germans retreated. As a result of six years of war and the earthquake over 70% of Chisinau buildings were destroyed.

After the war Chisinau became the capital of the Russian ruled Moldavian Socialist Republic. After the war the city was extensively rebuilt incorporating architecture favoured by Stalin which his successor Khrushchev further endorsed and described as “good, cheaper and built faster”. This style dominates the city todayIn 1991 Chisinau became the capital of the new Moldova Republic

 Attractions And Sightseeing in Chisinau

The city of Chisinau began life as a Monastery Town in 1436. In the 16th century like many other Eastern European regions it unwillingly became a part of the Ottoman Empire. It is the capital and biggest city in Moldova with an estimated population of 723,000. Nearly three quarters of Chisinau was destroyed during WW2. Consequently it is a modern city with some hideous post war buildings, some attractive architecture from the past and several park areas. Many of its attractions are on the outskirts and sightseeing in Chisinau is limited

Chisinau National History Museum, Downtown  Chisinau – Sightseeing in the Moldovan capital is limited  and so an apt place to visit is the National History Museum. The Museum gives its visitors a great insight in to Moldovan history. Particularly striking is the life size exhibition of the Soviet Invasion of Moldova in 1945. The museum is located in downtown Chisinau  and houses over 263,000 exhibits. 165,000 of their exhibits belong to the Moldovan National Heritage.  This rather regal museum was established back in  December 1983 and covers Moldova from the pre-historic era to the present day. Admission fee is 15 MDL for adults and 10 MDL for students. website http://www.nationalmuseum.md/en/

Chisinau Exhibition Hall, near Lake Valea Morilor –  The Hall has a permanent display of contemporary art and the enclosed  Galeria Brancusi offers  local paintings and drawings for sale. The venue is used for various different cultural events and trade shows. The hall is considered to be the Premiere Exhibition hall in Moldova. The Moldovan Painters Union congregates at Chisinau Exhibition Hall. Exhibitions held here include the annual Furniture exhibition and event planning. website n/a

The Parachute Club Chisinau Parcul Valea Morilor tel no: 22-223-563  – This Parachuting club  situated at the South-eastern side of the Lake is the ultimate sightseeing opportunity.  You get yourself strapped in and fall  40 metres on the Parachute Jump Machine. The scenic views from the top are utterly breathtaking, and this activity is not for the faint at heart. The club is open for most of the day from 8 am till 11 pm. website n/a

The Festival Stage Area, Chisinau  – The stage area hosts a wide variety of  cultural and music events. Many of Moldova and Eastern Europe’s top DJ’s are lining up to play a set here. The cultural events include events which focus on ethnic culture and the arts. website n/a

Triumph Arch Chisinau Piata Marri Adunari Nationale Stefane Cel Mare  – The Triumph arch is a significant Moldovan monument located in central Chisinau. it combines a range of  Greek and Roman architectural styles  with its Corinthian style columns being the most distinct part of it.  The arch was built in 1841, designed by architect Luca Zauskevicki,  and later restored in 1973. It stands at 13 metres high and is made entirely out of white stone. It includes bells that chime hourly.

The arch is arguably Chisinau’s most significant landmarks as it represent’s Soviet victory in the Russo-Turkish war. Since Moldova has become an independent country, when the bells chime, the indigenous population have mixed feelings about the tones. Some feel that they are no longer appropriate whilst others feel that the reminder of the Russian occupation of Moldova should not be forgotten especially by future Moldavians  Entry is free.website n/a

Moldovan National Ballet and National Opera  Chisinau  – The Moldovan National Ballet and Opera is one of Eastern Europe’s leading  ballet companies. The Building was first opened in 1957 and was rebuilt in 1980. It is currently used to host Ballet, Live Opera and Musical concerts. It is Moldova’s largest cultural institution. The Theatre is renowned for possessing fantastic facilities and state of the arc equipment. Many notable productions have taken place here over the years including The Kirov Ballet production of  La Bayadere and The Yuri Grigorovich directed version of the famous  ballet-fairytale the  ”Nutcracker”.  Ticket prices vary depending on performances. website  http://www.nationalopera.md/index.php

The Museum of Moldovan Handicrafts Ivanceva Chisinau – This Museum is located 35 km from the city of Chisinau. The Baliosz Manor it is based in allures visitors with its 19th century Russian Architectural style. Amongst the items exhibited are Black and red  ceramics in different shapes, an exhibition which demonstrates the stone processing for the creation of columns , fireplaces and flowers. Moldovan craftsmen are famous for their highly skilled craftsmanship and  embroidery art. The last exhibition hall offers an interesting collection of traditional Moldovan instruments such as the ”Zither” a  Moldovan String instrument. Open 9 am till 6pm daily. website n/a

Lake Valea Morilor Chisinau Parcul Valea Morilor  – This beautiful lake and  park  is the ideal place to chill out and admire the serenity of Moldovan nature. You can hire paddle boats and canoes to take on the lake. This lake west of the city centre is a favourite amongst Chisinau natives. The 29a bus from the city centre will take you to the University entrance outside the park. website n/a

The Museum of Orheivi Vechi Chisinau tel no: 3732-226-037  – This Museum is located 60 KM away from Chisinau city centre, deep in the  Raut River valley. The Open air museum of the same name contains  fascinating historic ruins  which include a Cave Monastery  some of which date back as far as 300 BC. This Unique exhibitions includes the physical remains of several settlements That lived around the Nistu and Prut rivers. The cave son the hillside contain evidence of the earliest settlements whilst on the top of the cliff are the ruins of a Fortress dated about 300 BC can be found.

On the other side of the river below  are the ruins of the ”New Town” Sheihr of Gedid  built between the 8th and 9th centuries  AD and though by some to be  a ”Tartar” capital when they migrated to Europe.  There are other ruins including the Orhei Fortress and the St Maria Monastery. Opening hours for the Museum complex are  are  9 am till 6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance fee includes local tour guides.  website n/a

Chisinau Zoo Chisinau, Kishinev  Sectorul Botanica -This the city’s one and only Zoo located in the Outskirts of Chisinau. The zoo was established in 1950 and occupies 104 Hectares.  Open from 8 am till 8 pm every day. The Zoo is located in a beautiful location. The Museum boasts numerous animals including Zebra’s, elephants,  Big Cats  and colourful birds such as Peacocks.  Entry fee is inexpensive at around 5 Euro’s.website http://www.zoopark.md/

Malldova, Chisinau Shopping Centre Aborilor 21 This is a very modern and spectacular looking shopping centre which is mostly kitted out with expensive Designer outlet stores such as Penny Black and  Bata.  There are state of the art escalators which take you from floor to floor and several high class restaurants offering different types of cuisine. Opening hours are daily from 10 am till 10 pm.website  http://shoppingmalldova.md/ro/index.php.

Restaurants In Chisinau

Considering that Chisinau is a small city it is surprising how many restaurants there actually are. Many of them are aimed at the corporate market. The most impressive of these is The Caberet Plusshow at 6 Stefan cel Mare Ave serving a wide range of Moldovan, European and Turkish dishes with live music and dancing from 5pm – 10pm every night.

The Curtea Vinatorolui at 16 Decebal Blvd also offers a wide range of European and local dishes and innovative a small zoo for children who get bored listening to adults. The Gambrinus at 4 Negruzzi Avenue serves authentic Bavarian dishes from historic recipes as a few Italian and French meals. There is live music nightly at 9pm and a choice of 50 wines and over 20 beers.

Night Clubs In Chisinau

The one striking thing about clubs in Chisinau is their capacity to play completely different music from one night to the next. This is coupled with the fact that the clubs often put on shows which may be cabaret based one night followed by various would be erotic shows the next. Visitors to any club should are advised to find out that nights ‘feature’ before entering.

The most popular club in Chisinau is the Soho Club ( Negruzzi Bd. 2 Telephone: +3732 275999) which is a very well publicised an ultra modern western style club. It appeals to a young clubbers who don’t mind the long queues to get in. The Black Elephant ( Strada G. Banulescu Bodoni Telephone: tel. 23 47 15 ) is a venue at which local and international bands perform. The repertoire includes rock, underground underpinned with jazz and folk sessions. Small but really friendly atmosphere.

The Millennium Club ( 99, Decebal st. Botanica ) is a very contemporary dance club which you can find in any European city – but more friendly than many! The La Victor ( 55, Eminescu st. in the town centre ) is a club with a cabaret / live bias with a very good reputation that rarely gets going before midnight. Star Trek (Str. Kiev 7 ) specialising in thematic nights – see the link above.

Crime and Personal Safety & Security In Chisinau  Chisinau is known for street crime with  pickpocketers and bag snatchers working throughout the city, and particularly in very crowded areas. Credit Card and ATM fraud is on the rise so try to avoid using your card, but if you do then be sure to keep your pin protected. You should carry a small torch at night to see what’s going on around you as, the streets are dimly lit. Try to avoid drinking in urban areas as the roads and standard of driving is generally poor.

Official Chisinau Tourist Board Information : No longer online
Marisha.net  Unusual web site offering more essential information than you would need on a visit to Chisinau. The offer of an ‘orientation tour’ on you arrival is not only entrepreneurial but obviously a good idea as it provided by well informed guides.

Marisha .net offers visitors to Chisinau a wealth of information rural travel and travel hits and tips . as well as tourist and business support work, eg. visa applications information searches logisticsrunning errands buying tickets etc.

You can contact them about accommodation in Kishinev. Backpackers can can rent a spare room in their flats in Kishinev / Chisinau or Tiraspol or even rent out the whole place when they are away. For others they will recommend a suitable hotel

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Chisinau Moldova Weather Details:
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Chisinau Moldova Weather Forecast
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monthly average and extreme temperatures in Chisinau Moldova:
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sun hours per day

Temperatures
Average Daily
Records
Minimum
Maximum
Lowest
Highest
January
2
-8
-1
-29
13
February
2
-5
-1
-23
19
March
4
-1
6
-15
25
April
7
5
16
-6
29
May
9
11
23
1
34
June
9
13
26
6
35
July
9
16
27
10
36
August
9
15
27
5
35
September
7
11
23
2
36
October
6
7
17
-4
28
November
2
3
10
-14
24
December
1
-4
2
-19
16
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