City Soroca from Republic of Moldova

Soroca is a town in the north east of Moldova, located on the right shore of the Dniester River, 160 km. from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova and in the north-east of the country border with Ukraine. With 37 500 inhabitants [1]  is the 8th largest city in Moldova and the second in size and importance in the North (being surpassed only by Balti).

1Nistru_la_SorocaAt Soroca is opened a museum of history and ethnography which includes Soroca fortress, built in stone by Stephen the Great in 1489 and renovated in its current form by Petru Rares.

At the southern entrance to the city is the natural reserve „Bechir’s Cave”. The reserve is located in a gorge carved by a stream called ravine Bechir. The slopes are steep, limestone, partially wooded. On the left side, at a height of 12-14 m was excavated monastic cave.

The oldest evidence of human existence in this region, as well as flint tools, dating from the Paleolithic (c. BCE XL-XII). In the years 5000-4000 BCE There were two human settlements on their homes being identified traces of dwellings, chips and flint tools, animal bones and pots from clay. 4 other villages appeared here in the years 3500-3000 BCE, which in hearths were discovered traces of burned houses, clay pots and other household objects from the Neolithic.

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Beginning with the reign of Stephen the Great and for centuries was the administrative center Soroca-military province of the same name – Soroca. Hundreds of years Soroca is commercial, craft and agricultural Principality of Moldova. In 1812 the city and the city passed under the rule of Russian Empire, and in addition to the native population of Moldovans settled here and many Russian, Ukrainian and Hebrew. In 1835 the village is assigned to Soroca city status and in 1836 became the county center. During reforms in the second half of the century XIX, Soroca develop economically and socially, the population grows by the arrival of Russians, Ukrainians and Jews, there are educational institutions, medical and administrative. At the 1902 census there were 27,800 people, including 12,000 Romanian, Hebrew 8.700, 7.100 Ruthenian, Russian and Armenian. The early twentieth century was the main occupation of inhabitants furriers, develops tobacco industry, trade comprises 561 shops, pubs etc.

What can you see in Soroca?

 Soroca Fortress

Soroca Fortress is a historic fort in the Republic of Moldova, in the modern-day city of Soroca.

Impression about Soroca Fortress (Tripadvisor)

„Best place to visit in Soroca”

I think this is the best reason to pay a visit to Soroca city. A lovely ancient fortress, give it a few hours to spend around. Pitty there was no shop open around (January 2016), somehow dissapointed I haven’t get any souvenirs. Nice funny thing, Ukraine is just a few km away, you may see it from the top of the fortress very easy. (Darkdistro)

“Nicely renovated, beautiful views”

I visited this fortress twice this summer. It’s a nice place to visit, not very special and too bad there are few artifacts on display. Still it’s an impressive building, you can climb to the top and enjoy the view. Also the roofs are nicely done. If you want to enhance your visit go on a friday, saturday or sunday evening and you’ll see the moldovan weddings. We saw 5 couples taking there pictures in the castle, along with the limousines and friends and family.

The terrace next to the fortress is nice for a drink. There is usually a strong smell around due to the dumping of sewage in the river. The city doesn’t have a treatment plant.

The castle is closed on monday and tuesday. (maarten81)

Notes:

[1] The number of the population  stable of the Republic of Moldova at January, 1,  2014, in teritorial profil statistica.md. Accesed on march, 17, 2014

The sources of images: wikipedia.org

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