TIRASPOL is the biggest city in Transnistria. The city is located on the eastern bank of the Nistru River.
In the morning, you will discover Tighina Fortress located in Tighina town and built in the 15th century by the prince of Moldova, Stephen the Great. Originally built as a small wooden fort, it was later fortified in stone by the prince of Moldova, Petru Rares.
Occupied by the Ottomans in 1538 (in a campaign led by the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent), the fort was strengthened in 1541 and became the center of an Ottoman “raya” (in which were included the surrounding Moldavian villages). In the 18th century, the fort was strengthened by Moldovan craftsmen under the direct supervision of Dimitrie Cantemir.
Tighina Fortress is an architectural ensemble of an irregular quadrilateral plan, surrounded by wide walls, 2-3 meters thick, made of limestone and brick.
Because Tiraspol has a high density of population in the south and has virtually no borderlines with the adjacent localities, the concept of Tiraspol-Bender agglomeration has appeared; together these two cities account for approximately 350.000 common inhabitants. Bender is located on the right side of the Nistru River, and since 1992 it has been under the governance of Tiraspol. These two neighboring towns are linked to each other through trolleybus lines and minibusses.
Tiraspol’s’ population consists of the following ethnic groups: Russians (41%), Ukrainians (33%) Moldovans (15%), Bulgarians (1,55%), and others (15%). Tiraspol is a regional hub of light industry, as well as furniture and electrical goods production.
Culture. The cultural life and heritage existing in Tiraspol and elsewhere in Transnistria have a strong Slavic characteristic. This refers to theatre, literature and other domains. The language in most cases is Russian and many references will be made to Russian culture in general. At the same time, the region’s administration tries to promote cultural diversity and features Russian culture along with Ukrainian and Moldovan. Soviet and socialist elements will be found often in a Transnistrian cultural environment.
Tiraspol is a city that portraits very well a classical soviet city, both in terms of monuments and in terms of city decoration and ideological tools used. Many tourist are interested in this kind of heritage.
Monuments: The statue of Alexander Suvorov was erected in the central square in 1979 in commemoration of his 250th anniversary. In front of the Transnistrian Government building, there is a statue of Vladimir Lenin. On the opposite side of the central square, a monument plaza features a Soviet T-34 tank, commemorating the Soviet victory in World War II, as well as several monuments dedicated to more recent conflicts, including the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the War of Transnistria. Tourists can also take a walk on 25th October street to see the columned House of Soviets complete with a stern-looking bust of Lenin.
is the largest and most modern football stadium in Transnistria and Moldova. It has a capacity of 14300 spectators. The stadium is owned by Sheriff Corporation. It is eligible for international events, that is why Moldova national football team plays some of their international home matches in this stadium.
The stadium is home to the Sheriff Tiraspol football team, the best team in Moldova in terms of performance. It occupies a territory of more than 40 hectares and consists of the main field plus five other fields, training fields, a covered indoor arena for winter use as well a soccer school for children, and on-site residences for the players of FC Sheriff. A five-star luxury hotel is under construction.
Located 45 miles southeast of Chisinau in the Nistru Valley, Tiraspol is considered to be a living museum of Soviet culture. With a population of 200,000, the city still has its share of Lenin statues, monuments like a T-34 tank on the pedestal, and retained names of the streets; but Tiraspol has few restaurants and cafes and nothing in the way of Western conveniences or service.
During the city tour, you will see the Pokrov Church
(Intercession of the Virgin), the Republican Drama and Comedy Theater, Central Post office, the Lenin and Suvorov Monuments, the Kirov Square, and the ruins of the Srednyaya Fortress (on the outskirts of town).Time travel in
Tiraspol – Back in the USSR
In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a restaurant in Tiraspol.
After lunch, you will set off on a time travel to Tiraspol. During the city tour, you will discover Vladimir Lenin’s monument and the tank left from the Second World War. The city seems to be a vestige of the Soviet past. Nevertheless, you will be amazed by the contrasts, one of which is the football complex „Sheriff” – a pearl of contemporary architecture.
Touristic packages include a guided
1-3 persons 4-7 persons 8-18 persons 19-40 persons From 170euro from €120/pers. from €99/pers. from €79/pers.
Included in the price:
- Transport throughout the route
- English speaking guide
- Excursions according to the program
- Guide service
- Entrance tickets according to the program
Head office: Moldova r of, Chisinay city, Armeneasca street. 19