Moldova is a historical region that is landlocked in Eastern Europe, close to the Black Sea. The cultural heritage of the country is richly linked with Latin and Slavic traditions. The country has rich soil and a temperate continental climate which makes the summers warm and winters mild. Many tourists travel to Moldova every year solely because of its famous wines.
Chisinau, was originally founded as a monastery town and now is the capital city of Moldova, and an excellent location to begin learning about the national history through the many tourist attractions. Because it incurred extensive damage during World War II, the city has been renovated and modernized. The country is still developing its identity as a European capital, so visitors can experience the best of the old and new of what the city has to offer.
Located in the heart of Chisinau, the Triumphal Arch is a clock tower that combines Corinthian columns, and architecture which reflects the Greek and Roman traditions. The structure was built in 1836 and has a copper bell in its belfry that is suspended from the arches dome, the bell is heard daily as it chimes the hours. The bells were cast in 1839, from metal war booty that had been seized by the Russians from the Turks. The Triumphal Arch is now considered a national landmark in the capital city.
The Cathedral of Chisinau was constructed in the 1830's and built to honor the nativity. The church is also referred to as Christmas Church and stands directly in the center of the city. It suffered extensive damage during World War II and once Moldova gained independence from the Soviet Union, the citizens began the process of restoring the church back to its original splendor. Now the location serves as a holy place of worship, with the bell tower and grounds being restored and services commencing once again.
Stefan cel Mare Parc celebrates the Moldovan leader, Steven the Great. There is a 15 foot bronze gilded statue in honor of the leader who defended the city against invaders in the 15th century. The park has a fountain and is popular among the locals because its scenery is a perfect setting for weddings. The park is similar to Central Park in New York, but on a much smaller scale.
The Watertower in Chisinau has been turned into a museum. The structure was built at the end of the 19th century and was designed by local architect Alexander Bernadazzi. The walls are constructed of rock and some with brick, it is 22 meters tall and has an elevator that was recently installed as a convenience for the many visitors. The History Museum of Chisinau finds its home on the top floor of this structure and is open to the public for tours.
The largest, oldest and most popular attraction in Moldova is the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History. The museum was founded in 1889 and most of the exhibits are devoted to agriculture, soil, zoological, botanical, paleontological, and ethnological collections. The museum has over 135,000 exhibits and attracts an average of 50,000 visitors each year.
The Jolly Alon Hotel was awarded the Grand Prix award for excellent service in 2007, this hotel is one of the most luxurious and popular in the country. The hotel offers tastefully designed rooms with a European design theme, two restaurants, a solarium and picture gallery filled with photographs of some of the most famous guests who have enjoyed stay at the hotel. The Hotel Club Royal Park is located in the heart of Chisinau and is close to the cultural and historical sites. The establishment offers a Turkish sauna, 24-hour concierge service and round-the-clock security for its guests. The country of Moldova contains a wide array of attractions and is a goldmine for tourists which is just waiting to be uncovered.