17 Fun Facts About Moldova To Ignite Your Curiosity

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I can’t believe how few people have traveled to Moldova. Situated between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is a landlocked country known for wineries, agriculture, and ancient architecture.

This European country is completely underrated and these fun facts about Moldova are sure to spark your interest and give you (more than a few) reasons to visit!

1. Officially the Least Visited Country in Europe

Moldova is a country that hasn’t been frequented by many travelers. Moldova gets around 150,000 visitors each year, which is surprising given all it has to offer.

Nothing is more annoying than visiting a beautiful vista only to have fifty other people jostling for a position to take a photo! In Moldova, you will have uninterrupted views of beautiful vineyards, nature reserves, and astonishing architecture.

2. Moldova Has A Wine City Underground

If this doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what will! Moldova is known for wine, having over 276,000 acres of vineyards throughout the country.

Cricova Underground City celebrates Moldovan winemaking and is over 70 kilometers long. Streets in the city are named after wine varieties and wine can be found everywhere as it is stored here at optimal temperature.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about winemaking, watch movies about wine at a cinema, and sample regional wines. Private tours are available and one can even have a fabulous dinner here.

Cricova is also close to the capital city of Chisinau, making it a perfect day trip.

3. World’s Largest Wine Cellar

Speaking of wine, Moldova is home to the largest wine cellar in the world. Milestii Mici is a former limestone mine and holds over 2 million bottles!

Wine has been stored here since the 1960s and some of the vintages are available to purchase but they are on the pricy side.

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4. National Wine Day(s)

Wine again? You bet.

Moldova is third in the world for most alcohol consumed per capita. Moldovians on average drink 16 to 17 liters of alcohol annually.

Adults love hooch so much that they have two days in October dedicated to wine.

On October 3rd and 4th, Vineyards open their doors to visitors and offer tastings for half off. Buses safely escort guests from one drinking spot to the next, with intoxicating results.

5. The Largest Bottle Shaped Building in the World

Moldovans will get no judgment from me.

Taking a photo in front of the Strong Drinks Museum is one of the best ways to show that you’ve been charmed by the alcohol culture of Moldova. This museum features hard liquor rather than wine.

You can find this building in Tirnauca, Moldova.

6. Home to Ancient Monasteries

Finally, a fact that doesn’t feature alcohol!

Moldova is home to the largest Monastery in Eastern Europe, the Tipova Cave Monastery which dates back to the 6th century A.D.

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Another monastery of note is Orheiul Vechi, a monastic complex that is over 2,000 years old, and one of the oldest in Europe.

7. Home of a Critically Endangered Language

As is common throughout Europe, many Moldovans speak more than one language.

Moldovan is the official language, but it is practiced alongside Russian and Gagauz which is a critically endangered language spoken by only 180,000 people worldwide.

Gagauz belongs to the Oghuz branch of Turkic languages and is spoken in the Autonomous Region of Gagauzia.

8. The National Dish is Porridge

The Moldovan national dish is a yellow maize-based porridge called Mămăligă.

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It is served alongside various toppings such as meat, vegetables, sour cream, cottage cheese, pork rinds and stews!

9. Home to One of Europe’s Oldest Oak Trees

Moldova has several protected areas and National Parks.

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The largest of these is the Padurea Domneasca Natural Reserve, more commonly called the Royal Forest and it houses an Oak tree that is 600 years old, making it one of the oldest in Europe.

10. The Extinct Auroch is the National Animal

An extinct cattle species that serves as an ancestor to many domesticated cow species today, the Auroch was a large, heavy-framed animal with extraordinary horns.

One can see the Auroch on the Moldovan Coat of Arms and an Auroch skeleton is on display at the Museum of Moldova.

11. One of the Most Affordable Destinations

Budget-friendly travelers, take note!

Moldova is one of the least expensive places to stay in Europe. A decent hotel can cost as little as €30. A reasonable, middle-of-the-road restaurant will cost you €7 or so for 2 people.

You should note though that the national currency is the Moldovan Leu, not to be confused with the Romanian Leu, and you will likely need to exchange money during your visit as Moldova is a cash-driven location.

12. Moldova Has Great Internet Speed

A surprising fact about Moldova is that you can get a phenomenally fast internet speed connection from most places in the country.

90 percent of Moldova has gigabit internet access, which is 1 GB per second!

13. Congaz is the Largest Village in Europe

Moldova is home to the largest village in Europe.

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Congaz is considered by Moldovans to be the largest village in Europe with roughly 12,500 inhabitants, founded in 1811. The village operates as a compound and people live and work here to support one another through traditional practices such as raising cattle, and growing and harvesting their own vegetables and fruits.

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14. Museum of Bread

At the Moldovan Museum of Bread, visitors can watch traditional Moldovan bread-making from master bakers. Exhibits can be touched, and of course, tasted!

The museum offers 20 different types of bread and is a must-visit location for carb lovers.

15. You Can Visit the Honey Mansion Inn

Conacul Mierii is otherwise known as the Honey Mansion Inn, a location where bees are raised to produce some of the world’s best honey.

The local fruit trees support the bee’s endeavors and one can not only stay here overnight but can learn about the lives of the honeybees from Victor and Ana Ciolacu, the owners.

16. Home of “Gypsy Hill”

The unlikely tourist attraction is a neighborhood in Soroca where wealthy citizens build homes to look like famous locations around the world, including St. Peters Basilica. Visitors flock here to take photos of the oddly shaped homes, which are peculiar given Moldova’s reputation as one of the poorest countries in Europe.

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The locals have dubbed this vainglorious neighborhood “Gypsy Hill”, possibly in reference to the Romani people who live in Soroca.

17. Ritualistic Baby Bath Custom

Moldova has a rather sweet tradition where a baby’s first bath is given by the eldest woman on the father’s side of the family.

Items are placed into the bathwater with symbolic meaning, each of which is meant to bless the baby. Flowers are placed in the water to represent beauty, honey for sweetness, and milk for an easy, free-flowing life.

Christina

Christina loves to travel and recently moved from America to Austria to experience everything Europe has to offer. Her passion for travel is rivaled only by her love of writing. Armed with her English degree, she funds her travels writing for several websites including MyCountryFacts!

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