crest of the city
Kishinev, capital and largest city of Moldova, located on the Byk River, in the central part of the country. Manufactures include processed food, wine, clothing, electrical equipment, agricultural machinery, and tobacco products. A university and the Academy of Science are here.
across the square the
A city in Bessarabiya in the principality of Moldavia in the 15th century, it was captured by the Ottomans in the 16th century and was annexed by Russia in 1812 following one of the Russo-Turkish Wars. It passed with the rest of Bessarabiya to independent Romania in 1918, but was seized by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1940.
It subsequently was occupied by German forces from 1941 to 1944 during World War II and suffered extensive damage; much of its large Jewish population was exterminated. Following the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, Kishinev became the capital of independent Moldova. Population (1991 estimate) 753,500.
Soviet era apartments
relaxing by the fountain
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