Things to see in Moldova

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Moldova

Arts and culture

The Moldavians have been practising different popular arts since the age of Antiquity: wood sculptures, stone carvings, weaving, pottery and ceramics. Even if most of the arts display influences of Orthodox Christian art, like the art of crucifixes (made of wood and stone), Moldavian culture is not limited to religious art.

At first influenced by Romanian culture, Moldavia later soaked up the artistic trends of 19th century Eastern Europe, which determined the evolution of the country's literature and arts in general. Moldavia's cultural heritage is very rich and considerable effort has been made to make sure it is kept alive.

Today, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and traditional dances play a major role in Moldavia.

Monuments

Moldova has more than 140 listed historical monuments. Its Romanesque and medieval fortresses attract large numbers of tourists every year. Soroca and Tighina, two large Moldovian fortresses that were built between the 15th and 18th centuries, are perfect examples of the wealth of the country's architectural heritage.

The churches and monasteries are at the heart of Moldova's cultural identity. Founded in 1429, the Capriana monastery is one of the oldest in the country. Today it is made up of three churches.

Landscapes and activities

The Wine Road in Moldova is a must-visit for anyone intersted in nature and the environment,and of course - wine. Viticulture is one of the country's oldest traditions, and thus it is only natural that grapes are one of it's national symbols. Served as part of the most distinguished meals and royal feasts since the age of Antiquity, wine is part of everyday life in Moldova.

Among the top wines in Moldova, you will find several made with similar grape varities to those found in French and Spanish wines , like Chardonnay, Pinot and Carbernet, as well a selection of typically Moldovan varities such as Feteasca, Cricova, Romanesti and Milestii Mici.

Due to its thrving wine production industry, it is one of the designated stops on the 'European Wine Route', where you can meet the producers themselves as taking part in tasting sessions.

Landscapes

Moldova's landscapes are characterized by its rolling green hills and thick forests. The country itself lies between two rivers, the Driester and the Prut, which have incredible gorges and waterfalls to be discovered along the way. Picture-perfect vineyards and orchards can also be found dotted throughout the Moldovan countryside, as part of it's vast wine production industry.

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