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.
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
It is one of the most touching monuments in Chișinău. This contrasting masterpiece embodies two real people – spouses Ion and Doina Aldea-Teodorovici. The two honored artists are distinguished for their artistic talent and struggle for the revival of national values. The monument stands in the memory of the great people of art, as Ion and Doina Aldea-Teodorovici were considered to be, together, a symbol of the struggle for independence of Moldova. http://casamare.md/en/places/arkhitekturnye-pamyatniki/pamyatnik-iona-i-doiny-aldya-teodorovich
This is Revolution Square, where Romania’s Communist-era dictator, Nicolae Ceauşescu, was publicly overthrown in December 1989.
Below, is the controversial “Memorial of Rebirth, (Memorialul Renaşterii)” which is a monument in central Bucharest that commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which overthrew Communism.
It was designed by Alexandru Ghilduş, and features a 25-metre-high marble pillar as it’s centerpiece and reaches up to the sky, and on top, a metal “crown” is encircling it.
It’s original name was going to be “Eternal Glory to the Heroes and the Romanian Revolution of December 1989” (Glorie Eternă Eroilor şi Revoluţiei Române din Decembrie 1989). The name “Memorial of Rebirth” alludes to Romania’s rebirth as a nation after the collapse of Communism. It’s an incredibly significant time in Romania’s history so it’s a shame that so many people seem to dislike the monument so passionately.
Owing to its relative unpopularity, the monument is guarded round-the-clock. Despite this, on the night of 12 May 2006, it was vandalized with a stencil graffiti figure representing the fictional revolutionary character “V” on the side facing the National Museum of Art. (wiki)