Following the fall of communism in 1989, the city retained its political and administrative role as a capital and the architectural legacy of the Soviet era remains one of its most striking features. Today, visitors arriving from Chisinau’s airport are confronted by the vast Gates of Chisinau.
Sadly, historical sites in Chisinau are quite sparse and most of the city’s surviving pre-war architecture is focussed on Cathedral Park, where you’ll find the Orthodox Nativity Cathedral and the 19th century Triumphal Arch. Fortunately, Chisinau does remain a bastion of culture and civilisation. It is home to numerous fine museums and universities including national institutions dedicated to archaeology and history, ethnography, nature and fine arts.