Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt

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Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt, Chisinau, Moldova
Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt - Stefan cel Mare outside the park
Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt - Stefan cel Mare outside the park
Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt - Mural on Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare
Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt - Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare
Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt - Art market by the Mihai Eminescu Theatre
Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt - The derelict Hotel National

Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt Chisinau Reviews

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Stefan cel Mare Boulevard Mar 16, 2016
The main street of Chisinau is named after the national hero, Stephen III of Moldavia, better known as Stefan the Great (Stefan cel Mare). Ruling Moldova and the surrounding Moldavia for nearly half a century in the 1400s, Stefan successfully united the people of the region, kept the Ottoman armies at bay as well as the threats from Poland and Hungary from the north, and was made a saint shortly after his death. He's also revered over the border in Romania.

Anyway, the rather grand name of the main street led me to expect something grand, and the reality was...well, a little disappointing. Starting from the Hotel Cosmos in Piata Negruzzi, I followed Negruzzi Boulevard uphill passing the monstrous derelict Hotel National, until it morphed into Stefan cel Mare Boulevard. Many of Chisinau's main shops are along here, but it mostly seemed to be seedy-looking casinos and mobile phone stores.

About half way, things improve, and there are a couple of old buildings which survived destruction in WWII. One of the more striking is the Mihai Eminescu Theatre, on a little square which plays host to an outdoor art and souvenir market, one of the more colourful corners of Chisinau.

On the other side, follow the crowds down pathways between buildings and you'll soon find yourself in the thick of the central market, a sprawl of outdoor stalls spilling around the main bus station.

Passing the Parcul Catedralei and the Arcul de Triumf (see separate review), you can see the huge Government House opposite, then a statue of Stefan cel Mare announces the entrance to his own park. The boulevard here is almost a square, and from the statue is a good view of the chaotic traffic of central Chisinau, with a mess of trolleybus wires almost covering the whole "square" if you look up.

Continuing along the street, you pass an impressive opera house with a collection of upmarket restaurants. Next door is the presidents heavily guarded house, opposite the Parliament outside which a tented protest seemed to have been going on for some time.
Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare
Art market by the Mihai Eminescu T…
Stefan cel Mare outside the park
The derelict Hotel National
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