Colorful yet depressing massive apartment complex built during “Soviet times” to house workers at a Russian computer factory, which is presumably now closed.

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The Moldovan flag hangs in the Arch of Triumph, built to commemorate Russia’s victory over Turkey, situated on Chisinau’s main boulevard directly opposite the main government buildings.

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One of two guards stationed 24 hours a day in front of the Eternal Flame at the Victory Memorial, which honors Soviet soldiers killed in the fight for the liberation of Chisinau during the Second World War.

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This statue of a mother weeping is a memorial to Moldovan soldiers killed in Afghanistan whilst Moldova was still part of the Soviet Union.

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The changing of the guard ceremony at the Victory Memorial, which honors Soviet soldiers killed in the fight for the liberation of Chisinau during the Second World War.

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Tons of trees in Moldova (and Ukraine) have these nest-looking things in them. I thought they were some type of flower that bloomed, but was told it was a tree disease.

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The view from my hotel room. Abandoned buildings, buildings in grave disrepair, and/or buildings that look like children drew them are a common sight in this town.

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Built in 1836, the Belfry stood in this spot for over 100 years before being demolished in 1960 by Moldova’s then communist rulers. This exact replica was built in 1998 after the proclamation of Moldova’s independence. As seen from inside the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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A worshipper buying candles to light inside the Metropolitan Church. Worshippers light one candle in honor of someone they love who has passed, and another in honor of someone they love, still alive, who they wish good health.

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Inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, an Orthodox church built in 1836, which suffered serious damage in the Second World War but has since been restored.

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