Transnistria – did you know that there are only four such regions in the world? The other three territories are in Russia: Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia.
By visiting this region you will have the opportunity to travel back in time. Every town or village preserves Soviet symbolism. Here you will pay for your shopping in rubles, taste the kvass from the Dniester booth and admire many monuments of Soviet glory. To immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the last century, we suggest you visit some of the most well-known and loved by tourists locations.
A small town, but of major strategic importance, here is the Tighina Fortress which was later renamed by the Turks in the Bender Fortress. For centuries it stood in the way of the Tartar popes and guarded these lands. It was built by Stephen the Great, and later after its occupation by the Ottoman Empire was enlarged and strengthened by order of Suleiman the Magnificent.
On the way to the fortress you can make a stop at the Historical-Military Memorial Complex in Tighina, which preserves the memory of several gloomy events, including those during the Second World War.
Another memorial The Tighina Memorial, inaugurated in 1969, is a reflection of the Soviet vision of the events of the 1919 Bolshevik military uprising.
For a more colorful tour of the city of Tigina, we invite you to have lunch in a typical Soviet canteen, and for some stronger sensations you can cross the Dniester River by ferry.
For a fascinating journey through time, we recommend a tour of Tiraspol. The capital of the Transnistrian region still retains the typical elements of that period, the buildings are embellished with the old mosaic, on trolleybuses we find printed Soviet symbolism, in the city center admire the tank T-34-85 and the famous statue of Lenin in front of the government building. To delve deeper into the history of this region you can visit the Tiraspol History Museum.
Also in Tiraspol you can visit the divine factory “KVINT” with an imposing history, you will be impressed by the wide range of liqueurs. Another recommendation would be to visit the post office where you can buy original stamps and send letters to your loved ones.
The “Noul Neamț” Monastery from Chițcani village is also called “the daughter of the Neamţ Monastery from the Carpathians of old Moldavia”. Its history begins in 1859 when several monks from the Neamț Monastery, from Neamț County, led by the clergyman of the monastery, Father Andronic Popovici, disagreed with the secularization of the monastic fortunes and the prohibition of services in the Slavonic language, in the old lavra the Prut River in Bessarabia and founded the monastery. Here in the icon painting workshop, the abbot Paisie will tell you how his whole creative process goes. You will also have the opportunity to see the monk’s cellar and taste the divine pastoral.
Also in this village you will find one of the largest memorials Chitcani Bridgehead which was a strategic point for the deployment of Soviet troops. Its content is simple and concise: the monumental Soviet bayonet of a rifle is a symbol of the glory and power of the state. From here was given one of the biggest blows in the operation Iasi-Chisinau since 1944.
The new village of Tîrnauca is known for the fact that in 1988, the former president of the Tiligul football club, Grigory Korzun, founded a museum of spirits, which he called the “Butylka” Museum, which now claims a place in the Book of Records. Guiness. The main building of the complex is built in the form of a huge 28-meter-high bottle, decorated with a Soviet-style mosaic, marking the year of its founding in 1988. Six beautifully decorated rooms house over 10,000 types of bottles of various alcoholic beverages from 105 countries. world. The collection includes rare, exclusive, numbered items and souvenirs. After visiting the collection, a tasting of wines and wines from local producers is offered.
Recently, in the village of Tirnauca, the “Casa Karaman” Pension reopened its doors, a house with a history of over 100 years, which was renovated, but has kept all its authenticity from another time. Here you can participate in various events and master classes.
Last but not least, we recommend nostalgic people to visit the city of Dubasari, which since 2015 bears the honorary title of the Transnistrian region “City of Military Glory”.
We believe that the itinerary of a tourist visiting this town must include the “Buket Moldavii” Factory, whose history is closely linked to the Soviet period, which went through all its stages from founding, destruction, reconstruction and appreciation. The factory produces vermouths, aromatic wines, liqueurs, tinctures, spirits, brands and divines.
Also in Dubasari we find one of the key constructions from the times of the Soviet Union, namely the hydroelectric power plant, which was built in 1951-1954 and preserves all the architectural elements of those times.
Transnistria remains one of the top destinations in the list of foreign tourists visiting our country, and we would like that our local tourists would also discover and love this region.