Chisinau – the capital of the Republic of Moldova, a modern economic and cultural center. Chisinau, like Rome, is spread out over seven hills. Its population is about 730,000 residents of different nationalities. The first mentioning about the city, we find in 1436 in the charter of Moldovan magistrates Ilyash I. On the right bank of the river Byk arose the settlement, which gradually rose up above the slope.
In 1834 has been approved the new plan of city, and from this moment in Chisinau are constructed straight streets. It’s architecture was influenced by affected different styles: like modern and eclectic, gothic and classicism. The Cathedral and the bell tower are erected in the style of Russian classicism in the center of the city. The famous Arch of Triumph is built especially for the largest bell, wich has the weight of 400 poods. As the basis for Arch construction was taken up the plan of the Arc de Triomphe in Rome. The building of town administration was built in the italian renaissance tradition with gothic elements. Bank was engenered by M.K.Chekerul Kush, he has erected a beautiful building in the style of Russian classicism with elements of romanticism. Today - it is the organ hall, where are sounding concerts of organ and chamber music. Czech firm "Rieger-Kloss", at a special order, manufactured the pipe organ of medium size.
Architecture of the historical center is perfectly combined with the new post-war buildings on the main streets. On whole neighborhoods, administrative building’s facade are decorated with stone carvings and colored ceramics. The city acquired a modern view of capital. In the center of town at the entrance of oldest park there is erected the monument of the Moldovan ruler Stefan cel Mare si Sfint. In 1885, in this park unveiled the monument to Alexander Pushkin.
The residents of the capital treat with due care on the military past. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Second War Victory, in 1975 was built the Memorial of Military Glory "Eternity". Every year, on May 9 to the memorial come hundreds of thousands of residents and guests to pay tribute to those who died.
Every year, in Chisinau are held: Folklore Music Festival "Martisor", international festival of opera and ballet "Invite Maria Biesu", festival of jazz bands "Ethno-Jazz", "National Day of Wine" and " City Day ". The wonderful stories and legends of our region, historical and ethnographic museums, art galleries and exhibitions, national celebrations and colorful fairs are offered.
Chisinau is open to everyone and everyone can discover Chisinau!
At a distance of 45 km from Chisinau, specifically in the village Bulboaca is located the first castle in Moldova - Castle MIMI, which is a destination of international interest, unique in Moldova.
Castle story begins in 1893 when Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, planted the first seedlings of grape vines on the site that would become legend over the years.
Mimi was a great innovator of the times – he raised the Castle by a French project, first used in reinforced concrete and for construction, he invited Italians engineers. Curiously, the restoration of the castle to be led, after almost a century, also by an Italian designer.
In the Soviet period, Constantin Mimi's complex was nationalized and hidden from the world. Only in 2010, during some routine work, workers removed clad facade of the building, discovering a true architectural gem. Then it was decided restore fundamental Castle: each brick was polished as special rehabilitation technologies; they were rediscovered and valorized cellars and underground galleries.
In one of the underground halls was kept a wall with tiles - as it was during the Soviet era - and it's a part of history Castle Mimi. It is curious that the cellar ventilation is through breathing holes built 100 years ago, they were then and are now effective. More than a century Castle MIMI catch its second life.
At Castle MIMI is kept wine tradition really improved with advanced technology. Tasting and serving delicious meals is a primary concern at Castle MIMI. The Restaurant, wine bar, cafe, cuisine outdoor, pavilion - Castle MIMI represent diverse locations where wine is king. Two underground cellars is the first and last stage of a guided tour in authenticity and excellent wines from MIMI Castle.
Currently, Castle MIMI appearing in the top 15 of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine.
Technical information: Extent of the round-trip route - 110 km, duration - 5-6 hours. Guests get acquainted with the city center, the microdistricts: Telecenter, Botanika, Sculeanka. Walking: Cathedral Park, Valea Morilor, Memorial of Military Glory, Railway Station, Mimi Castle. Clothing – casual up to the guest. Can take a bottle of water.