When you think of amazing European countries to travel to, Moldova might not be the first name that comes to mind. However, those few travelers who are lucky enough to discover this hidden gem will definitely not regret it. Geographically, Moldova sits just between Romania and Ukraine. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the country is still heavily influenced by that period, as can be seen everywhere from its architecture to its economic system. However, modern-day Moldova is a lovely and unique country in its own right. Apart from its beauty, the country is also incredibly affordable, meaning that visitors can really make the most of their stay. There are an unlimited amount of things to do and see in this small European country, particularly in its capital city, Chisinau.
If you want to learn about the history of Moldova and its capital, Chisinau, the first place to start would be the National Museum of History. With a whopping 200,000+ exhibits, the museum is the perfect place to come with the whole family, as there is truly something for everyone here. Apart from the fascinating exhibits, the building structure itself is a great example of Soviet architecture. So before heading indoors to browse the museum, make sure to walk around the museum grounds for a glimpse at this breathtaking piece of architecture.
If you’re more interested in a calm and relaxing afternoon, Moldova’s capital city has got you covered. The Nativity Cathedral is a great place to spend a couple of hours away from Chisinau’s bustling streets and enjoy a more spiritual vacation activity. Erected in the early 1800s, this place of worship is definitely an architectural feat worth visiting, even if you only manage to view it from the outside. However, the inside of the cathedral is another experience entirely, and one that should definitely not be missed. The cathedral interiors are decorated in such an ornate fashion that visitors from around the world are drawn to it each year. No matter what religion you are, you can’t help but appreciate this masterpiece.