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Churches

Ciuflea Monastery

The Ciuflea Monastery

The monastery was financed by Anastasie Ciufli (1801 – 1870) to respect the last will of his brother Teodor Ciufli (1796 – 1854). The two brothers were Aromanian merchants who emigrated from Macedonia to Bessarabia in 1821. Anastasie was authorised to start the construction of the church for his brother in 1854, it was finally consecrated on June 6, 1858. Teodor’s remains were placed in the south wing of the building, his brother eventually joined him in their final resting place after his own death 11 years later. In 1962, many churches of the Moldavian SSR were closed or their purpose changed. The main church of Chi?in?u, the Nativity ...
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Mazarachi Church Chisinau

Mazarachi Church, Chisinau

Mazara?hi church got its name in honor of the military official and treasurer Vasile Mazarachi, who donated funds for its construction. According to legend, one of the envious people wrote a denunciation to Mazarachi, and the treasurer was ordered to immediately report to the Turkish governor in Bendery. Going to court, Mazarachi swore an oath, if he remains alive, he will build a church upon his return. Fate was favorable to him – he was acquitted. The treasurer did not forget about the oath, and the church he built was one of the symbols of Chisinau. The church was built ...
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Holy Virgin Protection (Acoperamintul Maicii Domnului), Palanca

The Acoperamintul Maicii Domnului church was built of larch wood from Ukraine at the end of the eighteenth century. In 1825, it was relocated to the cemetery of Palanca village on a foundation of stone. Here it functioned until 1944, when it was closed. Not being in use, the church fell into disrepair, until 2007 when the church was once again restored and relocated to just outside the cemetery and next to the rural pension and handicrafts museum “Casa parinteasca” (Parental house). Related Tours Country Tour Nearby Attractions ...
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Chisinau wooden church

Assumption of the Virgin (Adormirea Maicii Domnului) Church, Chisinau

Biserica Adormirii Maicii Domnului is the oldest wooden church in the country, built from Calarasi Moldovan woodland oak trees. The church was founded by the freeholders of Hiriseni in 1642 in the courtyard of another monastery, Harjauca. In 1821, when the monastery moved, the church was transferred on the territory of Hiriseni village, Telenesti, where it served the inhabitants until 1928 when a stone church was built. Afterwards the church was forgotten and abandoned, transformed into a cemetery chapel. But the wooden church managed to survive, except for the roof and the steeple which succumbed to their age. Finally, in ...
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The Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cathedral of Christ’s Nativity (Catedrala Mitropolitana Nasterea Domnului) is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Chisinau, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril B?nulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov (who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad). The cathedral was bombed during World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. During the Soviet period, worship was prohibited and the cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center. The façade is very simple and clear with six Doric column ...
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Church Causeni

Assumption of Our Lady Church, Causeni

The 17th century Assumption of Our Lady Church is the oldest surviving building in Causeni town. The founders Grigore Callimachi and Bishop of Proilavia built the church in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Radu and Voicul Stanciul were the painters of the church. Its paintings date to 1763. The church is set into the ground – it is more than 3 feet (0.91 m) below ground level. This was unique for its time. It’s possible that this might have been dictated by the interdictions of Tartars settled in Causeni in the XVIII century. The church preserves the only medieval fresco in Moldova. Executed by Walachian ...
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