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Soroca Fortress



 

Soroca fortress was part of a huge Moldovan defensive system in the medieval times, which comprised four fortresses on the Nistru river, two on the Danube and another three in the northern part of the country. With this "stone belt of fortresses", the country borders were well protected. Soroca fortress was built at the Nistru river crossing, on older fortifications. In 1499, on the order of Stefan cel Mare, a square wooden fortress was built, on the site of a former Genovan fortress called as Olihonia (Alciona).

Between 1543–1546, while Petru Rares ruled the country, the fortress was completely re-built in stone, and in the shape one can see it today – a perfect circle, the diameter of which is 37,5 m and with 5 bastions situated at equal distances. When designing the fortress the builders incorporated the supreme law of harmony “the golden section”, which makes the fortress unique among examples of European defensive architecture.

Soroca Fortress, Moldova Republic
Soroca Fortress


Soroca’s fortress is also famous for being the place where the Moldovan army, commanded by the famous statesman Dm. Cantemir, and the Russian army, led by the Tsar Petru I, met and consolidated their forces during the Prut campaign against the Turkish hordes in 1711. Along history, the fortress has been visited by Bogdan Hmelnitski, Timush Hmelnitski, Alexander Suvorov, and others. The fortress is the only medieval monument in Moldova, which has been preserved entirely as it was designed by its builders. Above the entrance gate one can visit the small military church.

Visitors to Soroca can also visit the stone hermitage located in the Bechir canyons, which dates from the IX century; the "The hill of sedentary gypsies" – the gypsy quarter with its eccentric houses; the county hospital (XIX century); girls’ gymnasium (XIX century); the museum of the Soroca region; “T. Stratilat” church (XIX century, eclectic architecture); and "Adormirea Maicii Domnului" church (1842). Only 7 kms to the North lies a famous village of stonemasons.

Open daily: 9.00 - 18.00, Monday- closed
Guided tours in: Romanian, English, French, Spanish, Russian
Phone: (373-30) 22264, 22493.
(Sources: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Moldova, MarvaoGuide.com)

 

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