The story of a non existing country, that celebrates the Victory Day
How about celebrating 9th of May – the Victory Day with military parade in a non-existing soviet country? Strange, isn’t it? Strange but possibile… Transnistria is one of the former Soviet Union’s original “frozen conflicts”, and a template for later Russian-backed disputes including Eastern Ukraine. It has remained unrecognized by any states other than Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia after its 1992 war of independence from Moldova.
Using Soviet rituals for its legitimacy rather than its governing ideology, the territory is ruled by a nationalised mafia and guaranteed by the Russian military. Each year on 9 May Transnistrians stage an elaborate Victory Day celebration in the capital Tiraspol to remember the victims of WWII, known as the Great Patriotic War. So let’s go and see how they celebrate, meet locals and talk to them, visit their capital Tiraspol, understand their religion – Russian orthodox, see their country, history and see for yourself how they live and what they have to offer.
Chisinau – Cricova – Tiraspol.
Morning we will start a short city tour of Chisinau. Around 11.30 am we will depart to Cricova. You will visit one of the biggest underground wine cities from Europe – “Cricova” – opened in the 60′-mainly the only good thing left after the soviets. (Wine tasting+lunch). Cricova boasts nearly 120 km of underground tunnels that are large enough for vehicles to drive through. At the deepest point, the tunnels are 100 m below the ground. The natural limestone helps to maintain a constant temperature of 12-14 C (54-57 F) and humidity of 97-98 percent , creating optimal conditions for storing wine. Around 16,00 departure to Tiraspol, dinner and accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Victory Day in Transnistria
Today we invite you to discover TIRASPOL (capital of Transnistria) – the old USSR is still alive and well in Transnistria. It is a breakaway territory within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova. Although not recognized by any state or international organization, it is de facto an independent state named the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. The country’s national coat of arms still includes the traditional hammer and sickle and the Lenin statue hasn’t yet been pulled down. The Pridnestrovie today may still retain the look of a Communist state and it’s called “the last remaining Stalinist dictatorship in Europe”.
We will enjoy a visit to the main street with its parliamentary building boasting a relatively new Lenin statue. Opposite, a T-34 tank from the Great Patriotic War era forms part of a monument which also contains soil from the pivotal battle of Stalingrad. You probably won’t miss the Soviet-style banners either! Contrary to popular perceptions, Tiraspol is a quite and peaceful city with no military activity since 1992. The only people in uniform you will usually see are military officers and policemen. Military parades are held annually on Independence Day (2 September) and on Victory Day (9 May).
Discover the inside part of this country.
Today we will discover the inside part of this country.We will drive towards the north, along the Dniester River. You will be amazed about the communist monuments still to be seen in villages and small towns like Grigoriopol, Ghidirim, Dubasari, Ribnita etc. We will stop in Dubasari and we might meet the Rabi and discuss about the Jewish camp built here in WW2, may be even visit a alcohol factory and discuss with the management about their problems. Lunch on the way to a local family. The highest point will be the city of Kamenca, the city built by gen.
After breakfast, you’ll visit the Soroca fortress, which is a unique monument of architecture, built in the Medieval Ages at the Nistru River bend as part of a huge Moldovan defensive system. Initially wooden, it was built of stone at the end of 15th century according to the “Golden Section” supreme law of harmony that made it unique among the examples of European military architecture. Another must see sight of Soroca is “The Gypsy Hill” that features mansions inspired by the Bolshoi theatre, St Peter’s Basilica and the US Capitol. We shall visit a gypsy family, who will proudly share their culture and traditions with us.
Later we shall drive to Old Orhei, Moldova’s most picturesque and fantastic historical site. We will start with a local lunch to a farmer and continue by visiting Old Orhei, a famous for the cave monasteries located there. This zone was ideal for the primary monasticism of early Christian community. It was isolated from the outer world. At the time when Christians came here there should have been smaller and bigger caves in the calcareous rocks cut by pre-historic tribes living on this territory. Today the monastery is inhabited by only one monk. Here we will have a typical Moldovan lunch in a nice cozy Moldovan house. Arrival in Chisinau. Check-in and farewell dinner in a local wine bar specialized in promoting quality Moldovan wines produced by small producers.
• Pulmino con aria condizionata e bar
• Guida che parla in italiano
• Cibo e degustazioni di vino secondo il programma
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