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House of Soviets, statues of V. Lenin, Suvorov, streets with Soviet names - Transnistria region
The Soviet symbols are to be seen everywhere – House of Soviets, statues of V. Lenin, Suvorov, streets with Soviet names...
Transnistria is a region of Moldova, de facto the self –proclaimed Republic of Transnistria , official name – Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika ( abbreviated PMR).
The Republic declared its independence in 1990.
Transnistria is home to 555.000 people made up of 35 different nationalities.
The main cities – Tiraspol and Bender.
The capital, Tiraspol, located 80 km South –East from Chisinau, is considered to be a living museum of Soviet culture. The Soviet symbols are to be seen everywhere –House of Soviets, statues of V. Lenin, Suvorov, streets with Soviet names, the sickle and the hammer , the red star –are the symbols on the Transnistrian coat of arms , Tank T-34 monument, samples of Transnistrian coins, post stamps and other symbols of the Soviet Era.
The remarkable sight worthy to visit in Tiraspol – is the“ Kwint” Winery and Distillery, one of the oldest Moldovan winery established in 1897,which produces a large variety of cognacs from Very Special till Extra Old ones ( the terms of age and quality from 3 up to 40 years old).
The second in size town in Transnistria is Bender ( Tighina), 600 years old, built on the Dniester river. It lies on the way from Chisinau to Tiraspol, just after crossing the border between Moldova and Transnistria.
The town is famous for its Fortress mentioned in chronicles as early as 1408, Military Historical Memorial, the Museum of the Civil War 1991-1992. Due to the city location Bender saw the heaviest fighting of this War.
In Varnitsa, Tighina suburb, you can visit the King Karl XII Museum – after loosing the Battle of Poltava in 1709 to the Russians the Swedish King found here a refuge.
Really Transnistria is worthy visiting by the guests of Moldova.