Moldova is a relatively young country, having been founded around the 1990s. Be that as it may, Moldova is one of those places that adventurous travellers and backpackers must truly visit. Being a small country as compared to its immediate neighbours Romania and Ukraine, seeing all of the top tourist attractions of Moldova shouldn’t be very difficult. If you’re wondering what wonders this young and deprived country can offer, do check out the following list. It outlines some of the most popular and top tourist attractions that visitors to Moldova couldn’t afford to miss.
The Soroca Fortress is one of the remaining structures in Moldova that dates back to the Medieval Periods. This fortress is located in the Nistru River, and is part of what was once the “Stone Belt of Fortresses” which included other fortresses scattered in the other sections of the country. The fortress is a solid structure made of rocks and stones, and served important functions during some of Moldova’s battled times. Taking a walk inside Soroca Fortress require a small fee, which is very much worth it.
Another fortress worth mentioning is the Tighina Fortress located in Bender, Moldova. What started out as a wooden defence system evolved into a massive fortification, with walls which are about three metres thick and made of limestone and bricks. Inside the fortress is a wide plain of grass, while displays of cannons which were used during the different wars which involved the town can be seen in along the walls and towers. However, the most appealing part of touring the Tighina Fortress would be the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Orhei Vechi Monastery
This is one of the different cave monasteries found in Moldova, which forms one of the most unique kinds of travelling experiences that can be had in Moldova. The monastery is a sort of complex which includes visits to the rooms carved from the sides of the mountains. Those rooms which served varied purposes throughout time is now part of their museum, where you get to see paintings and relics of religious importance.
About 15 kilometres away from Orhei is another famous Monatery of Moldova – the Curchi Monastery. This monastery provides a sharp contrast to the rugged appeal of the Orhei Vechi Cave Monastery. The Curchi Monastery was built around the 18th century, which at that time was the most luxurious of all monasteries in the whole country. However, due to wars and catastrophes, the monastery fell into destruction, and remained as such until it was renovated back in 2005. The monastery has several churches within its complex, including the unfinished Church of St. Nicholas. Its main church though, the Cathedral Nasterea Domnului is where you’ll find the highest dome in Moldova which goes as high as 47 metres from the ground.
Taul Park is Moldova’s largest park, and is one of the most frequented places outside the country’s capital, Chisinau. The park provides varied landscapes and views for tourists to enjoy. They can walk along the network of paths and trails which should take them to a beautiful valley with a lake. Here, visitors will swans and roes gently floating on the lake’s surface. The park is also home to a wide variety of trees and bushes, which should make this a paradise for nature lovers out there.
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