Old Orhei


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Old Orhei

Grottoes, ancient fortifications, cave monasteries, monks, hermits… You can watch the living history with your own eyes in the region called Old Orhei. This is an open-air museum complex revealing a territory which was first inhabited almost 40 thousand years ago.

The open air museum represents a true natural fortress, inhabited since ancient times. On the territory of  Old Orhei, which stretches over220ha, there can be observed relics of various civilizations: the Geto-Dacian  fortress (VI-I th c.c. BC), orthodox cave monasteries (IX-XV th c.c.), Tatar-Mongol town Shehral- Gedid (XIV th c.) and Moldavian town Orhei (XV-XVIIth c.c.). Most items discovered during the diggings made here are on display in the local museum, which counts more than 4 thousand exhibits.

In the “Peasant’s house of  XIXth c.” museum, which is located in Butuceni, one can get acquainted with the ethnography of  the site and life style of  the Moldavian people. Lunch in national style with traditional dishes of Moldavian cuisine, folkloric program and visit of sale exhibition of handicrafts will get you acquainted with  the traditions and customs of our people.