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Chişinău

Capital and largest city in the Republic of Moldova, set almost smack in the center of the country. More liberally endowed with greenery than nearly any other European capital, it is a predominantly modern place, having been largely destroyed by the combination of the 1940 Soviet occupation and subsequent earthquake, followed by World War II air-raids. Poor by continental standards, it is still by far the richest and most developed city in the country, with a majority of its industry and services.
Stark apartment blocks in the Ciocana quarter
Stark apartment blocks in the Ciocana quarter
Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of Christ
Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of Christ
Cathedral and reconstructed belfry
Cathedral and reconstructed belfry
View straight down the path to the belfry
View straight down the path to the belfry
A rainy morning on Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare
A rainy morning on Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare
Opera and Ballet Theatre
Opera and Ballet Theatre
Cinema Patria
Cinema Patria
Statue of Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfnt
Statue of Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfnt
Orthodox Cathedral & Arcul de Triumf
Orthodox Cathedral & Arcul de Triumf
Colorful old house in the backstreets
Colorful old house in the backstreets
Chişinău's sole remaining synagogue
Chişinău's sole remaining synagogue
Aron Kodesh in the synagogue
Aron Kodesh in the synagogue
Chandelier and synagogue ceiling
Chandelier and synagogue ceiling
Having a chat in the synagogue garden
Having a chat in the synagogue garden
Empty street in an old residential quarter
Empty street in an old residential quarter
Locals talking in a central neighborhood
Locals talking in a central neighborhood
Gloomy light over a residential street
Gloomy light over a residential street
Former Jewish yeshiva (rabbinical school)
Former Jewish yeshiva (rabbinical school)
Dome of Haralampie Church off Vasile Alecsandri
Dome of Haralampie Church off Vasile Alecsandri
Refurbished buildings in the district
Refurbished buildings in the district
Contrasting structures in the Centru
Contrasting structures in the Centru
Eternity World War II memorial
"Eternity" World War II memorial
Neighborhood lane on Str. A Mateevici
Neighborhood lane on Str. A Mateevici
Pro-Romanian graffiti
Pro-Romanian graffiti
All Saints Church
All Saints Church
Entering the grounds of Ciuflea Church
Entering the grounds of Ciuflea Church
Domes of Ciuflea Church
Domes of Ciuflea Church
St. Tiron's Cathedral (Ciuflea Church)
St. Tiron's Cathedral (Ciuflea Church)
Hotel Cosmos and Grigori Kotovsky statue
Hotel Cosmos and Grigori Kotovsky statue
Sidewalk on B-dul Ştefan cel Mare
Sidewalk on B-dul Ştefan cel Mare
Church of St. Teodora from Sihla
Church of St. Teodora from Sihla
Tinges of old Chişinău
Tinges of old Chişinău
Palace of the Republic
Palace of the Republic
Parkland and Church of St. Pantelimon
Parkland and Church of St. Pantelimon
Biserica Sf. Pantelimon
Biserica Sf. Pantelimon
Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
Belfry from Chişinău
Belfry from Chişinău
Memorial to the Chişinău Ghetto
Memorial to the Chişinău Ghetto
Rail lines east of the center from Str. Ismail
Rail lines east of the center from Str. Ismail
Flank of Chişinău's City Hall
Flank of Chişinău's City Hall
Sidewalk beside City Hall
Sidewalk beside City Hall
Triumphal Arch off Cathedral Square
Triumphal Arch off Cathedral Square
Front of the Birth of Christ Cathedral
Front of the Birth of Christ Cathedral
Interior and iconostasis of the cathedral
Interior and iconostasis of the cathedral
Lighting candles in the cathedral
Lighting candles in the cathedral
Flower Market off Parcul Catedralei
Flower Market off Parcul Catedralei
Roses for sale at the market
Roses for sale at the market
Preparing a flower arrangement
Preparing a flower arrangement
Souvenir stall near City Hall
Souvenir stall near City Hall
Local art for sale off Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare
Local art for sale off Bulevardul Ştefan cel Mare
National Archaeology and History Museum
National Archaeology and History Museum
St. Nicholas' Church
St. Nicholas' Church
Bust of Pushkin in the Public Gardens
Bust of Pushkin in the Public Gardens
Fountain and pair of wedding parties in the park
Fountain and pair of wedding parties in the park
19th-century water tower (now Chişinău City Museum)
19th-century water tower (now Chişinău City Museum)
Chişinău City Museum and university gates
Chişinău City Museum and university gates
Chişinău Circus
Chişinău Circus
Clear skies over the cathedral
Clear skies over the cathedral
Sunlit belfry of the cathedral
Sunlit belfry of the cathedral
View across the park to Arcul de Triumf
View across the park to Arcul de Triumf
National Government Building
National Government Building
City Hall under the blue skies
City Hall under the blue skies
Pedestrians crossing in front of City Hall
Pedestrians crossing in front of City Hall
Sala cu Orgă (Organ Hall)
Sala cu Orgă (Organ Hall)
Central Telephone Office
Central Telephone Office
Teatrul Naţional Mihai Eminescu
Teatrul Naţional Mihai Eminescu
Hotel Chişinău from Piaţa Libertăţii
Hotel Chişinău from Piaţa Libertăţii
Partisan statue and front facade of the hotel
Partisan statue and front facade of the hotel
Clear skies over Ciuflea Church
Clear skies over Ciuflea Church
Pathway into the church grounds
Pathway into the church grounds
Main domes of Ciuflea Church
Main domes of Ciuflea Church
Returning to the main drag on Ştefan cel Mare
Returning to the main drag on Ştefan cel Mare
Memorial to City Hall's architect
Memorial to City Hall's architect
Central Post Office
Central Post Office
Triumphal Arch and cathedral beyond
Triumphal Arch and cathedral beyond
Ştefan cel Mare statue and local couple
Ştefan cel Mare statue and local couple
Presidential Palace from afar
Presidential Palace from afar
Facing the Opera & Ballet Theatre
Facing the Opera & Ballet Theatre
Fountains beside the theatre
Fountains beside the theatre
Presidency of the Republic of Moldova
Presidency of the Republic of Moldova
A beautiful afternoon over the cathedral
A beautiful afternoon over the cathedral
Cathedral and its square
Cathedral and its square
Pushkin Museum
Pushkin Museum
Soviet Heroes memorial on B-dul Renaşterii
Soviet Heroes memorial on B-dul Renaşterii