GLOBETROTTER — moldova
Moldova is a landlocked country that covers an area of about 33,700 sq km. It is a picturesque country that has green hills, whitewashed villages, placid lakes and sunflower fields. The country has all the ingredients for a successful tourism industry. It was the second smallest republic of the former USSR, after Armenia. But it is less developed than other Eastern European countries. People of Moldova are very social. Moldovans are the largest ethnic group in Moldova. Literature, art, music and dancing are also pretty big in Moldova. Folk dancing is similar to other Eastern European folk dancing. Wine and wine tasting is an integral part of Moldovan life. Moldova achieved its independence on 27 August 1991 from Soviet Union.
One major event held in the country is Independence Day on 27 August. There are very few ritual events celebrated in Moldova. Celebrations are usually boycotted. The attractions of the country are Chisinau, Capriana Monastery and Wine Region. Chisinau is a capital city with a wealth of stately buildings and cathedrals. It is the largest city of the country located on the banks of the Bac River. Capriana Monastery is located in the village of Capriana. It is a 14th century peaceful monastery situated at the edge of a lake. It is comprised of three sections, each built in a different era. The oldest is the church of the Virgin’s Assumption. It is built in classic 14th century baroque style. Saint Nicholas’ Church was built in the 1800s and Saint George’s church was built at the turn of the 20th century. The cuisine of Moldova includes Mamaliga - soft cornmeal mush, Turkish Sasliks, Kebabs and Baclavas. The other dishes include Russian dumplings in mushroom sauce and Jewish sters. The special and unique dish of Moldovan is Tochitura Moldoveneasca - pan fried pork in a spicy pepper sauce served with Mamaliga and topped with fried egg. Chicken with chocolate sauce and turkey with bananas are also available.