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    Chișinău – a brief overview

    Almost entirely destroyed during WWII, much of Chișinău was built during the Soviet period and as a result, brutalist Communist architecture dominates the skyline. That said, the city has attractive pockets too, with gorgeous parks and a smattering of beautiful cathedrals helping to break up the vast swathes of concrete.

    Although the city’s cultural scene is comparatively undeveloped, Chișinău boasts some excellent museums and galleries, while its shopping scene is gradually picking up speed. Chișinău might not be beautiful, but it more than makes up for it in cosmopolitan charm.

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    Nativity Cathedral

    Piața Marii Adunări Naționale 12
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Opening times:
    Various

    An imposing neoclassical pile with a huge colonnade and a vast dome, Chişinău’s cathedral was built in 1836 by Russian architect Abraham Melnikov and remains one of the city’s most beautiful buildings.

    Pushkin Museum

    Str Anton Pann 19
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1600

    It was during his three-year exile in Chişinău that Russian Alexander Pushkin wrote The Prisoner of the Caucasus, much of it from his study in a tiny cottage. The cottage, crammed with personal effects, is now a quaint museum.

    National Parliament of Moldova

    Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt 105
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Built in the 1970s, Moldova’s imposing parliament building sits within pretty grounds in central Chişinău and is worth visiting for the architecture alone – even if, as is usual, you can’t actually go in.

    Memorial Park

    Strada Pantelimon Halippa 5
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Dominated by a vast orange pyramid, Memorial Park commemorates the victory of the Red Army over the Nazis in 1945, as well as the many Moldovan soldiers who died in defence of the city.

    National Art Museum of Moldova

    Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt
    Chişinău
    Moldova
    Tel: +373 22 241 303
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 1000-1630 (Nov-Mar)

    Home to a motley mixture of contemporary and medieval art, Moldova’s biggest art gallery mainly displays the work of local artists, although there’s a significant Romanian contingent as well.

    Grădina Botanică

    Strada Padurii 18
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Opening times:
    daily 0830-1800

    A pretty botanical garden attached to the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, the garden is a little scruffy around the edges but contains beautiful vintage greenhouses as well as a huge variety of trees and plants.

    Military Museum

    Strada Tighina 47
    Chişinău
    Moldova
    Tel: +373 22 272 056
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-2000

    Packed with Soviet antiques, including several tanks and a couple of old fighter planes, Chişinău’s unusual military museum is open-air and offers an interesting way to fill a couple of spare hours.

    St Teodor Tiron Convent

    Strada Ciuflea
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    A spectacular blue painted piece of ecclesiastical architecture topped with eye-catching golden onion domes, this convent was built in 1850 and was named in honour of the Moldovan martyr St Teodor Tiron.

    National Ethnographic and Natural History Museum

    Strada Mikhail Kogălniceanu
    Chişinău
    Moldova
    Tel: +373 22 244 002
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    The centrepiece of this museum is a huge reconstruction of a dinothere, but the galleries are packed with treasures too, all of which relate to natural history, botany and zoology.

    National Museum

    Strada 31 August 1989 121a
    2012 Chişinău
    Moldova
    Tel: +373 22 24 04 26
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 1000-1800 (summer)
    Sat-Thu 1000-1700 (winter)

    Charting Moldova’s history from the Bronze Age to the present day, this museum houses a huge collection of ancient coins, plenty of Soviet memorabilia and a fascinating permanent exhibition dedicated to the Nazi occupation.

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    Country overview

    Rich with history and fertile soils that produce abundant vineyards, Moldova is an unjustifiably forgotten tourist destination, as yet untouched by the budget airline brigade.

    Geography

    Moldova is a small landlocked state in southeastern Europe – one of the most highly populated republics of the former USSR. To the north, east and south, Moldova is bound by Ukraine; to the west by Romania.

    The River Prut constitutes the border with Romania. The country has rich pastures and wooded slopes, ideal for wine-growing.

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    Key facts

    Population: 3619925

    Population Density (per sq km): 107

    Capital: Chișinău (Kishinev).

    Language

    Moldovan (official), although considered to be virtually identical to Romanian. Russian is still the most widely-spoken language.

    Currency

    Leu (MDL; symbol (plural) Lei) = 100 bani. Notes are in denominations of Lei500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and Leu1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 bani.

    Electricity

    240 volts AC, 50Hz. European plugs with two circular pins are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. and 08. January 2016
    International Women’s Day: 08. March 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 02. May 2016
    Victory and Commemoration Day: 09. May 2016
    Independence Day: 27. August 2016
    National Language Day: 31. August 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. and 08. January 2017
    International Women’s Day: 08. March 2017
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Victory and Commemoration Day: 09. May 2017
    Independence Day: 27. August 2017
    National Language Day: 31. August 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Chișinău

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    If you’re looking for a party, Chişinău is a good place to come. Much of the nightlife revolves around the local tipple of choice, vodka, although there are some decent beer bars to choose from as well.

    Be warned: come weekends, bars and clubs are packed, so be prepared to stand.

    City Club

    str. 31 August 1989 115
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    It might be tucked away down an alley but the hip décor and generous drinks have made this place a local favourite.

    Drive

    Calea Orheiului 109
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    One of the city’s livelier nightclubs, Drive is huge and impersonal but nevertheless very popular.

    Monaco

    Strada Calea Mosilor 18
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Beautifully decorated and very slick, Monaco is the best place to go for a cocktail in Chişinău.

    Dublin Irish Pub

    Strada Bulgară 27
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Even Chişinău isn’t immune to the lure of Guinness, and this standard Irish pub is a good place for a pint.

    Booz Time

    Strada 31 August 1989 117
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    As the name suggests, this isn’t the most sophisticated of drinking dens but it’s brilliant fun.

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    Restaurants in Chișinău

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    Eastern Europe might not be known for its cooking, but you wouldn’t know it in Chişinău.

    The Moldovan capital is home to scores of restaurants, some better than others, but all relatively cheap and serving up a huge range of cuisine from traditional Moldovan to flavours from the Far East.

    Marius

    Eminesku St., 41/1
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Price: Expensive

    The poshest restaurant in Chişinău, this is the place to come for lunches costing €300 per person.

    Grill House

    Strada Armenească 24
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Price: Moderate

    Terrific meat and fish dishes served up to the accompaniment of live jazz.

    Vatra Neamului

    Strada Puşkin 20B
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Price: Moderate

    Delicious, traditional mainly meat-based food, in a charming, old-world dining room.

    Pani Pit

    Strada 31 August 1989 115
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Price: Moderate

    Moldovan classics meet the Far East in this unusual courtyard eatery.

    Pizza Mania

    Strada Tudor Vladimirescu 7a
    Chişinău
    Moldova
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    Price: Cheap

    Along with the eponymous pizzas, this budget chain serves up huge salads and delicious omelettes.

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    Calendar of events

    Cronograf Festival

    1 – 31 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Odeon cinema.

    Moldova’s international film festival invites documentary filmmakers and fans from across the globe to this juried competition. Films are judged under three categories: documentaries from any location on any theme; films focusing on Romanian communities around the world; and locally, independently produced documentaries.

    Night of Museums

    1 – 31 May 2016
    Website: See individual museum websites.

    Venue: Museums throughout Chisinau and Moldova.

    Chisinau’s museums stay open into the small hours and offer free admission on this special evening coinciding with International Museum Day in mid-May. Interactive exhibitions, poetry readings, theatrical performances and concerts take place, along with architectural city bus tours and historical re-enactments.

    Victory Day

    9 May 2016

    Venue: Throughout Chișinău; main parade at Victory Memorial.

    Flag-waving crowds march through the streets to commemorate the Soviet Union’s WWII victory over Nazi Germany. The highlight of the day is a spectacular military parade and speeches next to the Victory Memorial. Veterans and their families lay wreaths of red carnations.

    BITEI International Festival

    27 May – 5 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Eugene Ionesco Theatre and other theatres.

    Theatre companies from across Europe take to the stage at Chisinau’s biennial arts festival for a week of eclectic performances ranging from Shakespeare productions to Nietzsche interpretations to contemporary Romanian drama. Each festival takes a new theme such as ‘Chekhov Planet’, ‘Crossroads’ or ‘For a Better World’.

    Independence Day

    27 August 2016

    Venue: Great National Assembly Square and parts of Stefan cel Mare Boulevard.

    Thousands of cyclists take over the streets in this noisy and colourful mass bike ride. It’s a family-friendly event, with riders big and small decorating themselves and their bikes. Cyclists chill out at a festival afterwards with stalls, live music and DJs, puppet shows and face painting.

    Maria Bieşu Opera and Ballet Festival

    1 – 30 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: National Opera and Ballet Theatre and National Palace.

    World-renowned conductors, opera singers and ballet dancers are invited to perform in Chisinau at this annual festival founded by, and now held in honour of, Maria Bieşu, a former prima donna of Moldova’s National Opera and Ballet Theatre. The programme includes an enticing mix of favourite and lesser-known productions.

    Velo Hora

    1 – 30 September 2016

    Venue: Begins at Stefan cel Mare Boulevard.

    Thousands of cyclists take over the streets in this noisy and colourful mass bike ride. It’s a family-friendly event, with riders big and small decorating themselves and their bikes. Cyclists chill out at a festival afterwards with stalls, live music and DJs, puppet shows and face painting.

    National Wine Day

    3 – 4 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Great National Assembly Square.

    Lively folk dancing and music, traditional embroidered <strong>cost</strong>umes, delicious regional dishes and plenty of fine local wine combine to create a colourful celebration of Moldovan wine-making. Visitors can pick up handicrafts, gen up on grape varieties at masterclasses, or head out of town on scenic vineyard tours.

    Hramul Chisinaului (Chisinau City Day)

    14 October 2016

    Venue: Stefan cel Mare Boulevard.

    The city’s main street closes to cars and is transformed into the venue for an important Russian Orthodox religious festival on 14 October, celebrating the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. Highlights include parades, traditional music and dance, an outdoor concert in Great National Assembly Square and a sparkling fireworks display.

    Martisor Music Festival

    1 – 31 March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Chisinau’s finest concert venues join forces to stage 10 days of outstanding musical performances in early spring each year. Local and international artists and companies present an enthralling programme of over 40 concerts featuring classical and folk music, opera and dance.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Chișinău

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    As befits a city that’s rapidly becoming an economic force to be reckoned with, Chişinău is home to an impressively large array of hotels, most of which are on a par with the rest of Europe.

    Its boutique hotels are a particularly good bet – many are family run and very cosy.

    Savoy

    Strada Alexei Mateevici 66
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Category: Expensive

    No relation to the London hotel, this is nevertheless an opulently decorated Chişinău insititution.

    Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel

    Strada Mihai Eminescu 49/1
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Category: Expensive

    Very stylish and centrally located, with fabulous four-poster antique beds.

    Club Royal Park Hotel

    Strada Trandafirilor 6/2
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Category: Moderate

    Next to Trandafirilor Park, the hotel is packed with quirky antiques and is close to the city centre.

    Regency Hotel

    Strada Sfatul Ţării 17
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Category: Moderate

    A stylish, modern and comfortable sleeping spot close to the Moldova parliament building.

    Art-Rustic Boutique Hotel

    Strada Alexandru Hajdeu 79/1
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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    Category: Cheap

    More family home than anything else, this is a cosy, friendly place to stay.

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    wind speed

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    Climate & best time to visit Moldova

    Very mild and pleasant. Temperate with warm summers 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F), crisp, sunny autumns and cold, sometimes snowy, winters.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan15 °C-30 °C-1 °C-7 °C84 %40 mm62.5 h
    Feb19 °C-32 °C1 °C-4 °C81 %38 mm72.9 h
    Mar25 °C-23 °C6 °C-1 °C79 %35 mm64.1 h
    Apr32 °C-9 °C16 °C5 °C67 %42 mm76.3 h
    May36 °C-2 °C22 °C11 °C62 %51 mm88.2 h
    Jun37 °C4 °C25 °C14 °C66 %75 mm99.5 h
    Jul39 °C8 °C27 °C15 °C63 %69 mm89.7 h
    Aug39 °C5 °C27 °C15 °C64 %45 mm69.5 h
    Sep37 °C-1 °C23 °C11 °C68 %48 mm57.6 h
    Oct33 °C-16 °C17 °C6 °C76 %27 mm45.6 h
    Nov28 °C-22 °C9 °C2 °C84 %39 mm62.5 h
    Dec16 °C-22 °C1 °C-3 °C86 %38 mm72.0 h
    year39 °C-32 °C14 °C5 °C73 %547 mm795.9 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +373

    Telephone

    Local payphones are cheap and plentiful. They work by phonecards available at kiosks.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is generally good all over the country.

    Internet

    There are Internet cafes in main towns.

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    Shopping in Chișinău

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    Key Areas

    Chişinău, like the rest of Eastern Europe, is awash with Soviet antiques and quirky places in which to buy them. Nevertheless, there’s more to the Moldovan capital than historical artefacts, with stylish fashion boutiques lining the central Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare and scores of markets selling everything from handicrafts to fresh produce. In addition to markets, there are plenty of malls, including the vast Megapolis Mall and the amusingly named MallDova.

    Markets

    Chişinău Souvenir Bazaar (Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare) is the best place for Soviet memorabilia and handicrafts while the Plata Centrala (Strada Ismail) is the place to go for fresh produce.

    Shopping Centres

    Along with Megapolis (Strada Mihai Sadoveanu 42/6) and MallDova (Strada Arborilor 21), Unic (Strada Ismail), a Soviet-style all-purpose store, is well worth checking out.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Dress should be casual but conservative.

    For official engagements, men should wear a jacket and tie.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated but bottled water is available and advised. Local meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination is sometimes recommended for tick-borne encephalitis. Travellers staying longer than three months may be required to produce proof of HIV-negative status.

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    Visa & Immigration

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