Chișinău , Moldova : “Chișinău , You Intoxicate Me”

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Superheroes. Artist unknown. Located in the park behind the American Embassy.
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The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn).  Because the animals’ horns are used in folk medicine for their supposed healing properties, rhinos have been hunted nearly to extinction. Artist unknown.
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Trupele de Carabinieri (Carabinier Troops) is the gendarmerie-type force of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova. The Moldovan Carabinieri are to ensure, together with the police or independently, public order, protection of rights and freedoms of citizens, owners’ properties and prevention of violations of the law. The Department of Carabineer Troops has 5 Military Units and some 2,000 soldiers working on a contract basis or on time. On December 12, 1991, the establishment of the Carabinieri Troops was approved by the Parliament and subsequently signed by the President of the Republic of Moldova. (wiki)

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“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.”
― Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

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Chișinău , you intoxicate me.
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Abandoned building near the city center.

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And, she did…

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Driving politics 

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that SELF may prove to be.” ― May Sarton
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Church in the woods
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Valea Morilor

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Decay is inevitable, but beauty can remain

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jun2018. Chisinau , Moldova

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Chișinău , Moldova: The Central Cemetery a.k.a. The Armenian Cemetery

Founded in 1811. It’s the most ‘honored’ cemetery in Chișinău. Many nobles alongside regular citizens. It’s falling to decay, as it’s so massive, but there’s constantly work being done by groundskeepers. Walking through it, I was struck by two things that are not common in American cemeteries: Pictures of the deceased prominently displayed on the tombstones, really ‘putting a face with the corpse’ for me. Which, I never knew I needed. Sounds creepy, but it was kind of wild to see the face of someone who was born and who died before I ever came to be. Just gently putting into perspective that life goes on with or without us. We’re so small in relative terms. Secondly, the tables that were on the grave sites. Some were as long as picnic tables. Others were small little cafe-like tables that were obviously meant for visitors to come and sit. A Ukrainian friend explained that once a year there’s a special day where families come and visit their beloveds’ graves…drink and eat, and share stories of their lives. An effort to keep their spirits alive, I guess. 

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Reminiscent of the Grapes of Wrath

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Who WERE they?! What were they LIKE?!

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An especially elaborate table at a grave site

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What happened?

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16jun18 Chișinău , Moldova

Chișinău , Moldova: Eternal Flame

The Eternal Flame honors those who were lost during  World War II.

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Five, symbolic reddish-brown rifles, each representing one year of the war, form an arc over the eternal flame.

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16june2018. Chisinau, Moldova

Chișinău , Moldova : Un weekend

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O sâmbătă dimineață . A Saturday morning .

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Sa ne rugam . Let us pray .

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Carol Schmidt (German: Karl-Ferdinand Alexander Schmidt;[1] 25 June 1846 – 9 March 1928) was an Imperial Russian politician in what is now Moldova. He served as mayor of Chișinău (1877–1903). He was a Bessarabian German and is considered one of the best mayors Chișinău ever had. (wiki)
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The Nativity Cathedral

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Stefan Cel Mare Park

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Central Post Office

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Graffiti writers in Stefan Cel Mare Park

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jun2018. Chisinau, Moldova .

 

Chișinău , Moldova : Pisică Ferocească

DCIM100GOPROG0188339.The Cathedral of Christ’s Nativity (Romanian: Catedrala Mitropolitană Nașterea Domnului) is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Central Chișinău, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov (who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad). The cathedral was bombed during World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. During the Soviet period, worship was prohibited and the cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_Cathedral,_Chișinău

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Ştefan cel Mare Central Park (Romanian: Grădina Publică „Ştefan cel Mare” / Parcul „Ştefan cel Mare”) is the main park in Central Chişinău, Moldova. Formerly known as Pushkin Park, it is the oldest park in Moldova and spans about 7 hectares (17 acres). It has gained the nickname “The Park of the Lovers” in Chişinău due to its popularity as a meeting spot for couples. The park contains 50 species of trees, some of which are quite old, the mulberries and acacias being between 130 and 180 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ștefan_cel_Mare_Central_Park

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Artist: Radu Dumbrava https://www.instagram.com/dumbravaradu/
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The National Theater Mihai Eminescu was established on October 10, 1920 by a group of prominent Romanian cultural and public figures, led by the Minister of Bessarabia in the Government of Romania, Sergiu T. Niţă. The troupe worked only one season, delivering 25 performances. In 1935, by ministerial order, theaters in Chisinau, Craiova and Chernivtsi were closed for financial reasons. Although short-lived, the first National Theater in Chisinau has made an important contribution to the culture of Bessarabia. https://www.gpsmycity.com/attractions/national-theater-mihai-eminescu-9979.html
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Pisică Ferocească : Ferocious Kitty

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The Chișinău Water Tower is an architectural monument of Chișinău, Moldova, located at 2 Mitropolit Bănulescu-Bodoni Street and built at the end of 19th century after a project by Alexander Bernadazzi. It was a main part of Chişinău’s water system. The upper level was built of wood and was destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt between 1980 and 1983. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chișinău_Water_Tower
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Elefant, artist unknown

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Francysk Skaryna or Francisk Skorina (pronounced [franˈt͡sɨsk skaˈrɨna]; Latin: Franciscus Scorina, Belarusian: Францыск (Францішак) Скарына; Polish: Franciszek Skaryna; ca. 1490–before 29 January 1552) was a Belarusian humanist, physician, translator and one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, laying the groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francysk_Skaryna
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No escaping Western Influence

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10jun18. Chisinau , Moldova

CHIȘINĂU , MOLDOVA 🇲🇩: #RESTARTCHISINAU

Moldova’s Parliament .

Proud Moldovans with their flag at a protest in front of the Government House .

A busker and a dancing man enjoying the music at Lake Morilor .

A couple look at the upcoming events at the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre .

A taxi travels along the Main Street, Stefan Cel Mare .

A Parliament flower 🌺 .

Old residential building seen from Lake Morilor .

The “Romanita” Collective Housing Tower . “In the mid-70s due to the housing needs, local authorities decided to build a block of flats for small family units. It was designed and built between 1978 and 1986 by the architect O. Vronski and the engineer A. Marian, in collaboration with O. Blogu, S. Crani, N. Rebenko and P. Feldman. In terms of structural engineering, the building is an important achievement of 70s-80s – all the living units on all 16 levels are designed and built in console, thus enhancing the slender image of the building – a rare shape for that time.” http://socialistmodernism.com/the-romanita-collective-housing-tower-building-chisinau/

Old apartment building over shops …

Abandoned factory .

A mural by local artist Izzy Izvne on the side of a large winery .

Constantin Codreanu .

Both murals by artist Radu Dombrava . https://www.instagram.com/dumbravaradu

2jun18. Chișinău , Moldova 🇲🇩