After one hour drive to Transnistria, we will visit “Bender” city (Tighina), it is a city controlled by the authorities of Transnistria, the breakaway region of Moldova, although geographically on the right bank of the river Dniester. Tighina is located in the buffer zone established at the end of the War of Transnistria. While the Joint Control Commission has overriding powers, Transnistria has de facto administrative control over the city and both Moldova and breakaway Transnistria have small police forces in the city.
In Bender we will also visit the “Bender Fortress”. The fortress was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldova – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Originally built as a small wooden fort by Stefan cel Mare, it was fortified with stone during Petru Rares’ rule, just was Soroca fortress.
In 1713, the fortress, the town, and the neighboring village Varniţa were the site of skirmishes between Charles XII of Sweden, who had taken refuge there with the Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa after his defeat in the Battle of Poltava, and Turks who wished to enforce the departure of the Swedish king.
After Bender we will visit Tiraspol - "the capital" of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). It officially belongs to Moldova and is its second largest city.
1. Suvorov Plaza & Monument
2. Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war
3. Soviet Supreme house
4. Lenin statue
5. House of Soviets
6. House of Culture, etc.
Tourduration: 7/8 hours
Tourist route: Chisinau - Bender – Tiraspol – Chisinau
Included services: transportation - private car/bus, English speaking guide.
Additional services: translation into other languages, optional programs.
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