Occupying only one ending of the Centre of Culture and History, this once-musty museum today hosts a moving exhibition on Soviet-era repression. Stories of Red Terror forced famines, mass deportations and servant labor that was gulag are told through videos, photographs, paper clippings, and dioramas. While little is currently in English, you are nevertheless given a fantastic sense of the dreadful scale of these crimes perpetrated by Lenin and Stalin by the memorial.
You can find spooky interrogation rooms and the items on display include propaganda posters and Cheka and NKVD uniforms. Be aware that a few of the videos are upsetting and quite funny.
Do observe that the screens dedicated to Soviet offenses between your world wars pertain as Moldova was part of the Soviet Union, to events which happened outside Moldova. Those interested in Soviet crimes against humanity should also check out the Repression Memorial nearby the train station.
National Archaeology & History Museum
This striking museum comprises artifacts from the region of Orheiul Vechi, for example, Golden Horde coins and also 14th-century ceramics; a rare, 2000-year-old Sarmatian fired-clay urn in the form of a curly-coated ram; a gorgeous amorpha (Greek jar) adorned using anthropomorphic deities; along with weapons dating from prehistoric times to the current. A huge late-Soviet-era diorama on the 1st floor reflects a conflict close to the village of Leuşeni on the Prut River during the pivotal WWII Iaşi-Chişinău Offensive.
Nativity of Christ Metropolitan Cathedra
The most important highlight of the Parcul Catedralei may be that the town’s main Moldovan Orthodox church, dating from the 1830s, with rich interior frescoes. The bell tower was built in 1836, however, had been destroyed after WWII and rebuilt from 1997.
Dab in the center of Chişinău, this park is so popular with households and canoodling teenagers on seats, and leaves for good strolling. The highlight is that the Nativity of Christ Metropolitan Cathedral, dating from the 1830s, and its lovely bell tower (1836). Along B-dul Ştefan cel Mare, the primary entrance to the playground is marked with the Holy Gates (1841), also known as Chişinău’s very own Arc de Triomphe. On the north-western side of this park is a colorful 24-hour Flower Market.
National Museum of Ethnography & Natural History
The highlight of the gigantic and amazing exhibition is a life-sized reconstruction of this sword of a dinothere — an 8-tonne elephant-like mammal that lived during the Pliocene epoch — 5.3 million to 1.8 million years ago — detected from the Rezine region in 1966. Sweeping dioramas portray federal customs and apparel, while other exhibits cover geology, botany, and zoology (including odd Aztec animals in jars).
National Art Museum
There was A facelift half-finished with the gorgeously restored main wing open to individuals, at the end of 2018. The focus is on contemporary Moldovan art, with an area or 2 European works (chiefly Dutch, Flemish and Italian) plus space for rotating displays. It remains closed indefinitely, although Even the annex at the back contains a more extensive collection, plus art and icons.
Grădina Publică Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt
Parcul Grădina Publică Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt is a first-rate people-watching area. Ştefan has been Moldavia’s biggest medieval prince and omnipresent symbol of Moldova’s courageous ago. His first 1928 statue lords over the entry.
This is where Russia’s national poet Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) spent three years back between 1820 and 1823. You may view his little cottage, full of original furnishings and personal things, including a portrait of the Byron in his writing desk. There’s also a museum at the construction before the cottage, which documents Pushkin’s dramatic life.
Pushkin fans will want to learn it was here that he wrote his poem the Prisoner of the Caucasus’ and other classics — that is when he was not active at the amorous intrigues, hard-drinking and intermittent violence of his societal circles at that which was then the remote rough-around-the-edges outpost of the Russian empire.
The National Library that is neoclassical, A landmark is well worth popping to both to check out the beautiful interior using its spiral staircases, and for the complimentary art displays from the Exotic 2 nd – and also even hallways. Use of computers that are public costs 1-5 lei. Grab a beverage afterward at the fashionable Biblioteque Cafe outside.
Arc de Triomphe
Chişinău’s own Arc de Triomphe goes from 1841 and marks in the middle of the city. It was built to commemorate the victory of the military over the Ottoman Empire. It draped with a flag at the middle and makes for a stirring photo-op.