Monument in Chişinău

Arc de Triomphe

Chişinău's own Arc de Triomphe dates from the 1840s and marks the centre of the city. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Russian army over the Ottoman Empire. It's often draped with a Moldovan flag in th…
Notable Building in Chişinău

Government House

Government House, where cabinet meets, is the gargantuan building opposite the Arc de Triomphe. It's notable mainly for its heft and Soviet-style architecture.
Museum in Chişinău

National Museum of Ethnography & Natural History

The highlight of this massive and wonderful exhibition is a life-sized reconstruction of the skeleton of a dinothere – an 8-tonne elephant-like mammal that lived during the Pliocene epoch – 5.3 million to 1.8 millio…
Notable Building in Chişinău

National Library

The area in front of the National Library is brimming with cafes.
Notable Building in Chişinău

Parliament House

Facing Grădina Publică Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt is Parliament House, where Parliament convenes.
Palace in Chişinău

Presidential Palace

Opposite Parliament House is the Presidential Palace.
Museum in Chişinău

Pushkin Museum

This is where Russia's national poet Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) spent three years exiled between 1820 and 1823. You can view his tiny cottage, filled with original furnishings and personal items, including a port…
Park in Chişinău

Parcul Catedralei & Grădina Publică Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt

These two parks diagonally oppose each other. Both are popular with families and canoodling teenagers on benches. Parcul Catedralei, on the northern side of B-dul Ştefan cel Mare, has two main sights: the Orthodox C…
Museum in Chişinău

National Archaeology & History Museum

The grandaddy of Chişinău's museums contains archaeological artefacts from the region of Orheiul Vechi, north of the capital, including Golden Horde coins; Soviet-era weaponry; and a huge WWII diorama on the 1st flo…
Museum in Chişinău

National Art Museum

Looking in fine shape after recent repairs, Moldova's main art museum has an interesting collection of contemporary European (mostly Romanian and Moldovan) art, folk art, icons and medieval knick-knacks.