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Chisinau Travel Guide  

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Chisinau is the capital of the Republic of Moldova, a small agricultural country situated in the Southern part of the European Plain that borders on the North, East and South with the Ukraine and in the West with Romania. The Prut and Nistru Rivers define the border between Romania and Moldova.
The climate in Moldova is temperate. The average annual temperature is 8-10°C with a long and warm summer and a short and mild winter.
Formerly ruled by Romania, Moldova became part of the Soviet Union at the close of World War II and then gained independence from the USSR in 1991. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.

Chisinau is a city of 800,000 people surrounded by rural agricultural lands. Although times have changed and Lenin has been replaced by Stefan cel Mare (Stefan the Great), the Romanian prince and national hero, Chisinau remains a small, provincial Soviet-style city.
The city centre is full of Soviet-style governmental architecture, although scattered amongst them are a few impressive neo-classical buildings.
Established in the 15th century, Moldova has a long history of foreign domination. It fell under Turkish sovereignty in the 16th century, and part of the north became part of the Austrian Empire in the 18th century. From 1812 to 1856, Russians occupied the eastern portion of Moldova, which they named Bessarabia. After Bessarabia was returned to Moldova in 1856, Moldova and Walachia united to form the Kingdom of Romania in 1859.
In 1878, Russian forces annexed Bessarabia, which remained part of the Russian Empire until 1917. In March 1918 the Bessarabian legislature voted in favour of unification with Romania, and at the Paris Peace Conference in 1920 the union was officially recognized by various western countries.
In 1939, Bessarabia was granted to the USSR in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Apart from a brief interlude during WWII when Romanian forces occupied the territory, it remained part of the USSR until the collapse of Communism in 1991, when an independent Moldovan republic was established.

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Reviews Chisinau

Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : First of all bared in mind that Chisinau is a post-soviet country. And it would be unfair to evaluate it in accordance with the scale you would use for any other European city. I must admit that you would enjoy... more your stay in this city if you will dedicate some time to explore it and prepare your visit. As in every city if you don't know the places to go or don't ask for an advice, it will seem boring to you. The food in Moldova in general is very cheap and tasty. People are open and hospitable. Though people of the older age mostly don't speak foreign languages, but most from the young generation will be glad to help you in English or French if you are lost in the city. When it comes to safety, just use common sense as you would do in any city you don't know or visiting without friends/people you know.
Not to be missed Vadul-lui-Voda , Historical museum , Museum of Contemporary Art
Markus Dressler
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : I enjoy Kishinev a lot and have spent over a month here in total. Kishinev is very green with trees and plants everywhere. I love the parks, cheap transportation, great and inexpensive food (unless you go to a restaurant but... more still cheap in comparison to European restaurant prices). Yes, poverty is blantant, but the people are warm and hospitable and are always willing to help you. The countryside is beautiful with rolling hills,quiet forests, and a fair number of small lovely lakes. The wine is good and plentiful( inexpensive) and a number of European beers can be found in many stores. If you have any questions about Moldova in general I'll be more the willing to answer your questions with the help of my girlfriend who was born and raised in Chisinau. Have a great day and come to Moldova! Markus
Not to be missed Old Orhei , City Market , Just walking around the centre of the city
Overall rating 2
Overall Guide : Awful and dirty city. Full of gloomy and poor persons. A lot of unemployed persons without serious production with a VERY expensive foodstuffs!
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