Key Country Facts
Transnistria is an independent territory within Moldova created during the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is home to over 500,000 people and has its own parliamentary government, currency, and standing army
Emil Racovita cave, Capriana Monastery
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The capital of Moldova is Chișinău. Moldova declared its independence in 1991 after the Soviet Union collapse. About 3.56 million people live here (2013). The official language is Romanian – though it may also be called Moldovan – and the dominant religion is Orthodox Christianity. . The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.
Travelers who love outdoor adventures should visit the Emil Racovita cave in Criva, which has the longest underground gallery in the world and is one of the largest caves in the world! Another beautiful location to visit is the Capriana Monastery, one of the oldest and most exquisite monuments in Moldova with a history wrapped in Moldovan literature, music, and architecture.
A fascinating fact about Moldova is that the upper north-eastern corner has its own independent (but not officially recognized by the UN) territory called Transnistria that was created during the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is home to over 500,000 people and has its own parliamentary government, currency, and standing army.