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Chişinău is the capital of the Republic of Moldova and with approximately 600,000 the largest city in the country. The city was founded in 1438 as a monastic town, and in the 16th century it became part of the Ottoman Empire as the rest of the Moldovan territory. In 1812 it became part of Tsarist Russia.

A large-scale city plan was launched in 1834, and work on wide boulevards, churches and other public buildings was commissioned. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Moldovan territory seceded from Russia and from 1918 became part of the Kingdom of Romania.

Today there are many sights; both those from Chisinau's Soviet era, 19th century churches, museums and some of the parks that make the Moldovan capital a green city. Everything is also within easy walking distance, so you can walk around and enjoy the city and its sights.

There are also good excursion options from Chişinău. If you are interested in seeing cities in other countries and areas, Tiraspol in Transnistria, Odessa in Ukraine and Iași in Romania are obvious places to visit. There are fine sights everywhere. You can also take a closer look at the country's wine production and colossal wine cellars.

Other attractions
  • Ștefan cel Mare Park/Parcul Ștefan cel Mare: This beautifully landscaped park with its fountains and avenues was established in 1818. Here you can meet the people of the Moldovan capital, who often use the green oasis for walks and relaxation.
  • Chișinău Triumphal Arch/Arcul de Triumf din Chișinău: This arch was erected 1840-1841 to commemorate Russia's victory over the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829. The height of the arch is 13 meters/41 feet and it is centrally located in the city next to Chisinau Cathedral.
  • The Capitoline Wolf/Lupa Capitolina: This is one of Chişinău's famous monuments. It is one of the five wolves that Italy gifted to Romania in the early 1900s. The wolves were lined up in five Romanian cities, and Chişinău was Romanian at the time.
  • Moldova National Opera and Ballet/Teatrul Naţional de Operă şi Ballet: The Chişinău Opera is one of the leading in the region. The institution was established in the 1940s, while the professional opera was started here in 1957.
  • National Museum of Art/Muzeul Național de Artă: This art museum was founded in 1939 when the sculptor Alexandru Plămădeală selected 160 Bessarabian and Romanian works for a collection. Since then, several works have been added to the museum, designed by the architect Alexander Bernardazzi.
  • National Library of the Republic of Moldova/Biblioteca Naţională a Republicii Moldova: The National Library of Chişinău is housed in a fine neoclassical building. The library history of the city dates back to 1832 and has developed into today's library. You can see a statue of the Moldovan poet Vasile Alecsandri in front of the building.
  • Government Building/Casa Guvernului: This building was erected in 1964 as one of the major buildings in the then Moldovan Soviet Republic. The house was also the seat of the Council of Ministers of Moldova's SSR. In the past, the city's statue of Lenin stood in front of the building.
  • The Parliament Building/Clădirea Parlamentului: In the years 1976-1979, the present Moldovan Parliament was built as the meeting place of the Central Committee of the Soviet Republic of Moldova. After the independence of the country, the large building became the seat of the parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
  • Monument to the Komsomol Leninist Heroes/Monumentul Eroilor Comsomolului Leninist: This monument stands in the middle of the great Grigore Vieru Boulevard. The monument was erected for the Komsomol of the Soviet Union in 1959. Today it is one of the preserved monuments from the communist era in Chişinău.
  • Chişinău Railway Station/Gara Chișinău: This railway station in Chişinău is a beautiful construction that was opened in 1871. From here there are train connections to Romania, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. You can also take a train from here to Tiraspol in Transnistria.
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Top attractions
  • Chisinau Cathedral/Catedrala Mitropolitană: Chisinau Cathedral was built on the initiative of Archbishop Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in the years 1830-1836. The architectural style is typical of imperial Russia with its classicist design. In the church's interior you can e.g. see some fine frescoes dating from the restoration works carried out after World War II.
  • Ștefan cel Mare Boulevard/Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare: This boulevard, named after a Moldovan prince, is Chişinău's main street. In the Soviet Union, it was named after Lenin, and you can see most of Chişinău's large and famous buildings along the boulevard.
  • National Museum of History of Moldova/Muzeul Național de Istorie a Moldovei: Chişinău's large national museum of history is housed in a magnificent Imperial Russian-style building from 1837. The museum's permanent exhibits show archeological finds from medieval Moldova and many others eras.
  • Alexander Pushkin's House Museum/Casa-muzeu Aleksandr Pușkin: The world-famous Russian poet Alexandr Pushkin was sent into exile from Russia for 3 years. In 1820 he arrived in Chişinău, where he lodged in General Inzov's house, which is now a museum.
Trips in the area
  • Tiraspol/Тирасполь: Tiraspol is a very green city beautifully situated on the banks of the river Dniester. Here is an interesting historical museum, and in the city scape you can see monuments to Lenin and the national hero, the Russian infantry commander and General Alexander Suvorov.
  • Bender Fort/Бендеры крепость: Close to the west of Tiraspol you can visit the region of Transnistria's second largest city of Bender/Бендеры. The city is located on the western bank of the river Dniestr. As an outpost, Bender Fort is located in the area facing the river, and it is a historically important fort in the Principality of Moldavia.
  • Odessa/Одеса: The Black Sea city of Odessa is also called the wonder of the south, and it is a unique meeting between the Russian-Ukrainian culture and the French Mediterranean atmosphere. There are countless sights to experience such as museums, churches and the Potemkin Stairs.
  • Iași: The city of Iași is one of Romania's leading cultural cities and there is a lot to see here. These are the city's national theater, the beautiful cathedral of Iași and the large cultural palace that is the city's landmark.
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  • Atrium, Albisoara 4,
  • Grand Hall, Bulevardul Constantin Negruzzi 2-4,
  • Jumbo, Bulevardul Decebal 23/1
  • Malldova, Strada Arborilor 21,
  • Megapolis, Strada Mihai Sadoveanu 42/6,
  • UNIC, Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare 8
  • Zity Mall, Strada Calea Ieşilor 8,
  • Shopping streets: Omkring Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare
With kids
  • Aqua park: AquaMagic, Sociteni,
  • Zoological garden: Chişinău Zoo, Strada Valea Crucii,
  • Play land: Wonderland, Atrium, Albisoara 4,
  • Activities: Aventura Parc, Strada Ghioceilor 1
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