Republic of Moldova

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Moldova, an ex-Soviet republic between Romania and Ukraine.
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Capriana Monastery is one of the oldest in Moldova, mentioned in documents dating back to 1420. The "winter church" shown here was built in 1903.

Capriana Monastery is one of the oldest in Moldova, mentioned in documents dating back to 1420. The "winter church" shown here was built in 1903.

The nuns of Hancu Monastery in the Codrii forest of western Moldova have planted many flowers around their compound.

The nuns of Hancu Monastery in the Codrii forest of western Moldova have planted many flowers around their compound.

Gavril Banulescu-Bodoni (1746-1821) rests in an open coffin at Capriana Monastery, Moldova. Gavril served as Metropolitan of Chisinau from 1812 to 1821 and was the first head of the church in Bessarabia after the Russian annexation.

Gavril Banulescu-Bodoni (1746-1821) rests in an open coffin at Capriana Monastery, Moldova. Gavril served as Metropolitan of Chisinau from 1812 to 1821 and was the first head of the church in Bessarabia after the Russian annexation.

The Raut River, a tributary of the Dniester, passes Orheiul Vechi, one of the oldest populated areas in Moldova. Cave monasteries were carved into the limestone cliffs by medieval monks.

The Raut River, a tributary of the Dniester, passes Orheiul Vechi, one of the oldest populated areas in Moldova. Cave monasteries were carved into the limestone cliffs by medieval monks.

The Cricova Winery in Moldova contains the national wine collection, especially that of Hermann Goering, captured by the Soviets in Berlin in 1945. These bottles of Mosel are dated 1935.

The Cricova Winery in Moldova contains the national wine collection, especially that of Hermann Goering, captured by the Soviets in Berlin in 1945. These bottles of Mosel are dated 1935.

The Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova, ages its production in underground tunnels such as this.

The Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova, ages its production in underground tunnels such as this.

In 1952, 120 kilometers of 15th century mine tunnels 80 meters underground were converted to store wine at the state winery at Cricova, Moldova.

In 1952, 120 kilometers of 15th century mine tunnels 80 meters underground were converted to store wine at the state winery at Cricova, Moldova.

This vineyard at Cricova north of Chisinau is representative of many around Moldova.

This vineyard at Cricova north of Chisinau is representative of many around Moldova.

Wooden Lemn Orthodox Church (1642) from Hiriseni, Moldova, has been relocated to the Village Museum on the south side of Chisinau.

Wooden Lemn Orthodox Church (1642) from Hiriseni, Moldova, has been relocated to the Village Museum on the south side of Chisinau.

The main railway station in Chisinau, Moldova, was originally built in 1871 when Bessarabia was part of Imperial Russia. It had to be reconstructed after World War Two.

The main railway station in Chisinau, Moldova, was originally built in 1871 when Bessarabia was part of Imperial Russia. It had to be reconstructed after World War Two.

The City Museum of Chisinau, Moldova, is housed in this late 19th century Water Tower. There's a good view from the top floor.

The City Museum of Chisinau, Moldova, is housed in this late 19th century Water Tower. There's a good view from the top floor.

The Triumphal Arch (1841) opposite the Government of Moldova Building in Chisinau commemorates the Russian victory over the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-29.

The Triumphal Arch (1841) opposite the Government of Moldova Building in Chisinau commemorates the Russian victory over the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-29.

The Public Garden in the center of Chisinau, Moldova, was laid out in the mid 19th century when Imperial Russia controlled Bessarabia.

The Public Garden in the center of Chisinau, Moldova, was laid out in the mid 19th century when Imperial Russia controlled Bessarabia.

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