- Tipova Monastery
Tipova Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the Republic of Moldova. The monastery is spaded in stone on the bunch of Nistru River. The monastic complex portrays an image of an impressive museum. The demolishment between Blanaritei and Valea-Satului streams represents an old town of Gets tribes inhabitants existing BC. Tipova River flows down the Nistru River and forms various waterfalls. The monastery comprises three monastic complexes. According to an old legend, the Greek mythological poet Orpheus died at Tipova Monastery. He was buried on the cascade valley and it is not difficult to recognize his grave, as there are six apertures slabs on it.
In 1990, a group of archeologists from Saint – Petersburg found a skeleton in the monastery basement, dating from the end of the XV century. According to historians, Stefan cel Mare si Sfint frequently was visiting these lands during his battles against Tatars. An old legend tells that the great lord (Stefan cel Mare) married to one of his wives in the Tipova monastery, who after her death, was buried at this holy place.
- “Orheiul Vechi” Medieval Town
Old Orhei is a museum complex that presents the remains of different civilizations established between Nistru and Prut rivers. It is situated 60 km away from Chisinau in a narrow, rocky, 150-200 m deep bend in the Raut River valley. The remnants of the first human settlement can be found in the cliff caves. Up on the top of the cliff there was a strong fortification (V - III c. BC) built by the Geto-Dacian peoples, who had their own unique calendar at that time. Among the fortification ruins we can find the site of this ancient calendar, which also had the role of an altar for religious purposes common among those ancient communities. On the opposite side of the river we can distinguish the ruins of the "New town" of the Golden Horde called Sheihr-al Gedid (XIII-XIVc.), which, according to researchers is considered to be one of the Tatars’ capitals during their expansion into Europe.
After Moldavian solders regained these territories, a new fortified stone fortress (XVc.), named Orhei, was built. The foundations remain intact. Also, an Orthodox cave monastery called "St. Maria Dormata" was expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries and has been preserved in a functional state. Now tourists visit the monastery year round and especially during the religious holidays. In the middle of the XVIIth c., for geo-strategic reasons, Orhei town was moved 18 km north to the Raut gorge at Vasile Lupu on the orders of the Ruler of Moldova. This helped to preserve the vestiges of the old civilization in a real open air museum complex. Here tourists can also visit "The Peasant Yard" museum (XIXc.), "Trebujeni" landscape nature reserve, and other sights. The Old Orhei museum complex is open daily from 09.00 to 18.00, except Mondays.
Note: Lunch at one of the boarding houses in Old Orhei region (Trebujeni village).
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