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Images of Chisinau

This page is dedicated to Chisinau or, to be exact, showing the way I see it. The best way to view is from bottom up, as the latest images are added at the top.

Last update: November 1, 2006.


October 2006. An ivy growing at the side of a residential block. Looks really nice while it still has leaves.
Ivy

October 2006. The Day of Chisinau (annual event dedicated to the city - every locality has its own holiday of this sort). Not much to see in the streets, but this was very impressive. It is a carpet with characters from Moldovan fairy tales and children's books.
A huge carpet


October 2006. This series of photos was taken during the National Wine Holiday, which takes place every year in early October. Basically, the whole event happens during two days - A Saturday and Sunday - in the central square in front of the Government residence, and wine producers set up exhibition booths and present their wines to the public. Some sort of parade and awards also take place, but I didn't see those. To my shame, this was the first time I attended this event, which was the fifth time it was organised.
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau
Wine Holiday in Chisinau


September 2006. One of Chisinau's parks, called "La Izvor", meaning "At the spring" - there is a spring in a corner of the park, so I guess it gave the name to the whole place. Sorry for the green spot in the centre - I guess an insect made a transit stop right on the lens. La Izvor park
And this is a bridge in the park - it's not high, but looks really scary because of broken suspension rods
La Izvor park


The following images were taken in May 2006 in Chisinau's Dendrarium - a place meant to be filled with various flora, but due to the lack of funding (the entrance fee is a mere 0.50 MDL) it is closer to a simple park in its appearance. The place also grows various flowers to be planted in the city's streets.
Dendrarium
Dendrarium
Dendrarium
Dendrarium
Dendrarium
Dendrarium
Dendrarium
A dandellion

May 2006. This is one of my "favourite" (i.e. not) phenomena in Chisinau. Mud from the streets is thrown back onto the "lawns", from where parking cars and people drag it back with, respectively, wheels and feet. Again, view from my window.
Tossing mud

May 2006. A brief hailstorm with a big downpour. Photographed from my balcony.
Hailstorm
Hailstorm

May 2006. Chisinau Police department established a mounted police division to patrol parks last year. These guys didn't want to be photographed, so I photographed them from behind.
Mounted police

Spring 2006. Local plumbers scavenging on the remains of a playground for metal pipes. Anything goes when you have a leak!
Playground for scrap metal

Spring 2006. A team of women cleaning up bushes beneath my windows. Note how muddy it is and the "uniforms" of the workers.
Women working
Women working

Winter 2006. A crow sitting on a wire outside my window. These creatures are giving me a hard time now (June), "singing" all day.
A crow in the cold

Winter 2006. Soldiers marching to or from the place where they worked clearing out excess snow. Soldiers are often involved in public assignments, including construction.
Soldiers marching

Winter 2006. Construction of a monument in the memory of Moldova's soldiers. As of June 2006, it is still under construction. The sign reads: "Construction of a memorial complex 'To the country's sons - eternal memory'".
A monument under construction

May 09, 2006. Jumbo - one of the newest "shopping centres" of Chisinau (on the left), next to even newer living blocks. A ramp (one of its kind in Chisinau) leads to on-site parking - the only safe way to cross the street to get into the shops. Located in Botanica.
Jumbo Shopping Mall in Chisinau

January 19, 2006. One of local traditions: clean carpets in fresh snow. Again, view from my window :)
Cleaning carpets

January 7, 2006, "normal" weather is back, i.e. temperatures around 0C, all snow melts and freezes into icicles, also very rare for Chisinau, icicles on my balcony.
Icicles Icicles

January 4, 2006, yesterday's first snow has been covered with a heavy layer of fresh snow, quite rare for Chisinau, the view from my window
Silver Winter Silver Winter

January 3, 2006, the first serious snow this winter, as seen from my window
First snow

Late October 2005, views from my apartment's window:
Golden Autumn Golden Autumn

Many old roofs in Chisinau provide a rich soil for grass, and sometimes even trees
An alive roof

The heart of the city - the new development neighbours the older one.
A New Chisinau street
An Old Chisinau street

The Pushkin Museum - the house where Alexandr Pushkin lived during his exile to Bessarabia, and the wall in front of the museum.
Pushkin Museum
Pushkin Museum

In the park behind the Cathedral in the centre of Chisinau
Park behind the cathedral

A view of the lake in Valea Morilor (formerly the Komsomolets' Lake)
Lake in Valea Morilor

A panorama (15 images combined), as seen from the 16th floor of the National Hotel. Riscani and Ciocana are far away in the distance, behind the tall buildings in the foreground.
Panorama of Chisinau

Here, three images were combined into a panorama. It shows the view of the far end of the Ciocana sector of Chisinau from outside the city. You can see a long row of 10-storey apartment blocks, behind which are yet more such blocks, plus schools and kindergardens and almost nothing else.
Panorama of Ciocana

Most of the images below (the smallest ones) were taken for an older page. I apologise if they are too small, but I didn't have broadband back then, plus my webspace was very limited.

The Academy of Economic Studies
Academy of Economic Studies

The Souvenir Market between the Organ Hall and the Eminescu Theater
Souvenir Market
Souvenir Market

Mobiasbanca, hidden behind the Souvenir market
Mobiasbanca

The Armeneasca Street - the busiest street in Chisinau
The Armeneasca Street - the busiest street in Chisinau

The Art Museum
The Art Museum

The Moscow Boulevard
The Moscow Boulevard

Calea Basarabiei Road
Calea Basarabiei Road

The Victory Arch on the central square
The Victory Arch

The same place with a little perspective
The Victory Arch and Cathedral

The Cathedral behind the Victory Arch
The Cathedral and the Bellhouse

The Government building across the square from the Victory Arch
The Government

A church on the Ciuflea Street (in front of the National Hotel)
A church on Ciuflea Street

The road to Circus
Road to Circus

The Circus
The Circus

The Ethnographic Museum
The Ethnographic Museum

The flower market at the central park
Flower market
Flower market

31 August Street - behind the Pushkin Park
Behind the Pushkin Park

The fountain in the Pushkin Park
Fountain in the Pushkin Park

The fountain from afar
Fountain

The fountain from the other side
Fountain

The History Museum
The History Museum

The sculpture of a wolfess with Romul and Remus in front of The History Museum
The History Museum

The busiest intersection - Stefan cel Mare boulevard crossing Ismail Street
Ismail street

Moldtelecom
Moldtelecom

Reflection of Moldtelecom
Moldtelecom

Steps at the Valea Morilor Lake
Steps

Moldova-Gaz, Apa-Canal Chisinau and La Roma Club
La Roma Club

Metal women sculptures
Metal women sculptures

Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture

The beginning of Stefan cel Mare Boulevard
Chisinau Hotel

Central park
Central park

Renasterii Boulevard
Renasterii boulevard

The monument to the heroes of WW2 on the Renasterii Boulevard
Monument

Renasterii Boulevard from the other end
Renasterii boulevard

One of the many holes in the ground - watch your step when you're in Chisinau!!!
Hole

Stefan cel Mare Statue
Stefan cel Mare

The President's Office
President's Office
President's Office
President's Office

The Parliament
The Parliament
The Parliament

A church
A church

Former water tower, now a museum (closed for renovation for as long as I can remember)
Water tower museum

A winter day, view from my balcony
Winter snow

Alecu Russo street, connecting Riscani with Ciocana, view towards Ciocana
Alecu Russo Street
Alecu Russo Street

Botanica. Another panoramic view (didn't think of it when taking the pictures, though)
Botanica