Tiraspol Things to Do

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    Me at the Soviet Tank
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    Alexander Suvorov Monument

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Located in Pl. Konstitutii is the distinctly soviet style monument to Alexander Suvorov. Suvorov was a Russian Field Marshall who is credited with having founded the modern day city of Tiraspol in 1792 after building a series of fortifications and army barracks close to the Dniestr River to protect the territory from Moldavian interference. The equestrian monument is the focal point of Pl. Konstitutii and has become a symbol for the city of Tiraspol

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    Dniester River

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    (This tip does not have a full picture due to warnings of taking pictures of important or strategic buildings, bridges and or military objects...see separate tip in ‘warnings’)

    Again I opted out of taking a picture of the Dniester river as there was a bridge nearby and I had been warned not to take pictures of bridges or of anything near bridges due to over anxious military personnel. However the banks of the River Dniester is a pleasant enough place to stroll along and its sandy banks are a popular place for locals to hang out. The Dniestr River also roughly marks the ‘border’ between Transdniester and Moldova, although Bendery (part of Transdniester) is located on the western bank.

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    House of Soviets

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    At the eastern end of Ul. 25 Oktober, is the columned House of Soviets complete with a stern looking bust of Lenin proudly displayed outside. Inside are displays and dedications to those who died during the civil war in the early nineties. One of the most impressive buildings in Tiraspol, the gleaming white building is topped with a tall spire complete with a confident soviet star and the fluttering flags of Transdniester and Tiraspol.

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    Kvint Distillery

    by pure1942 Updated Nov 3, 2011

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    Kvint Distillery

    The pride of Transdniester, The Kvint distillery has a mighty reputation in Eastern Europe as one of the finest producers of brandy in the region. The distillery has been producing brandy, wine and vodka since 1897 and has become a national treasure to the Transdniestrian people since, so much so that an image of the factory is displayed on the Transdniestrian 5 rouble banknote. Producing over 10 million litres of alcoholic spirits a year it is one of Transdniester’s biggest exports and sources of revenue.

    Visitors can apparently sign up for tours of the distillery with sampling included at the end but the distillery seemed to be closed to visitors during my visit. I did still manage to buy a few samples from the Kvint shop on Ul. 25 Oktober :)

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    Presidential Palace

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Transdniester Coat of Arms by Presidential Palace

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    Across the street from the Heroes Cemetery is the Presidential Palace from where Igor Smirnov has sat as president of Transdniester since its ‘independence’ in 1990. Currently, there are presidential elections scheduled for December of this year (2011) with Smirnov running for his fifth consecutive term as president. This controversial decision to run again has led to condemnation from Transdniester’s powerful allies in Russia who believe that Smirnov has become too powerful and that Transdniester has become a dictatorship with a huge gap between the ordinary citizens and the president’s powerful inner circle. Many governmental figures in Russia believe that the continuing strained relations between Transdniester and Moldova have been exacerbated by Smirnov and that for any lasting peace and agreement to be reached between the two sides, Smirnov must go. It remains to be seen what will happen as the elections draw closer.

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    Heroes Cemetery

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Heroes Cemetery

    Behind the Soviet Tank is a memorial garden and cemetery for those who died during the war in the early nineties. There is tomb to an unknown soldier complete with eternal flame. The cemetery is also dedicated to Russian and Transdniestrian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. A Russian inscription in front of the eternal flame reads ‘You Do Not Have A Name But Your Deeds Are Eternal’.

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    Soviet Tank

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    With a severe lack of sights in Tiraspol, it is no surprise to find that one of the few constants on the visitor hitlist is the armoured Soviet Tank situated in Pl. Konstitutii close to the banks of the Dniestr River. This Russian T-34 tank is a reminder of Russian military aid and presence in the breakaway republic. Supposedly a Transdniestrian flag should fly from the tank but wasn’t there when I visited although there is another tank in Bendery which does proudly display the Transdniester flag.

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    Ul 25 Oktober

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Ul. 25 Oktober

    There isn’t a huge amount of traditional touristy things to see or do in Tiraspol but it is nonetheless an interesting place to spend a few hours. The city is centred around Ul 25 Oktober where most of the city’s shops and restaurants are situated as well as Pl. Konstitutii and administrative buildings. Central Tiraspol is a quiet sleepy place which isn’t an unpleasant place to spend a few hours if you’re not too intent on ‘seeing’ things. Walking along Ul 25 Oktober, you will not be made feel unwelcome or uncomfortable but conversely you will not be welcomed with open arms and beaming smiles ;) In general I got the impression of general nonchalance towards foreigners and any prospective tourism opportunities, with the possible exception of the Kvint Brandy shop on the main street!
    If you stop someone to try and find directions or advice (be prepared for blank faces if asked in English) the younger generation seem far more open and willing to help than the older generation. This seems to be the case in most Eastern European countries where differing generational attitudes are very clear between young and elderly. My advice is to seek out younger people on the streets of Tiraspol if you are looking for help or assistance...some might even speak English if you ask nicely :) but you should have a few Russian phrases prepared.

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    COGNAC 24 HOURS A DAY (ALMOST)

    by DAO Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    Day or night, you can get a bottle of cognac 24 hours a day. Well at this special shop you can. The KVINT (Kon'iaki, vina i napitki Tiraspol'ia – translates as Brandies, Wines and Beverages of Tiraspol) factory has this small shop just around the corner from the factory gates. How convenient is that? And just to make sure you and your friends never run out they are open 24 hours a day like it says on the sign. Although it also says ‘Dinner’ in Russian and notes the times of 2-3pm (14:00-15:00). So maybe a late lunch is not such a good time to be hunting down a quick bottle of cognac. Come in the morning just to be on the safe side and then again later in the evening. They will not run out!

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  • Learn About Famous Transnistrians!

    by Jetgirly Updated Nov 3, 2010
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    Outside the House of Soviets you will find a wall featuring portraits of "The Honorable Citizens of City Tiraspol". If you can read Cyrillic and speak Russian, you can learn about them too! My favorite was a picture of a real, live cosmonaut. I don't know whether or not he actually ever made it to space, but he sure looked honorable.

    Oh, as far as I can recall, this wall didn't feature any women.

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    Walking around

    by A-Friend-Of-Belarus Written May 24, 2010

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    The embassies of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
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    The streets of Tiraspol are often empty. But it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. The town is full of interesting places. Where else can you see the embassies of South Ossetia and Abkhazia? Well, only in Moscow, I guess.

    Besides, there are some nice little churches, parks, cafes and restaurants. Actually, there is something for everyone in this neat little town they call Tiraspol.

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    "panem et circenses" - The football stadium

    by lotharlerch Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    Every dictature tries to provide "panem et circenses" (bread and entertainment) for the people. Here most of the entertainment is (in good Soviet tradition) spectator sports and for that one of the richest Mafia bosses of this "country" is (like Berlusconi in Italy) sponsoring a professional football club and he ordered to build a stadion for it. This stadion is of top class quality - recently stated even by Hans Krankl, the internationally most prominent former Austrian soccer professional and trainer of the Austrian national soccer team. He said that the Tiraspol stadium is better than any stadium in Austria (which hosted the European championship in 2008).
    Since Moldova has no football stadium eligible for international events even Moldova has to play its international home matches here in the separatist fraction of its national territory.

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    Equestrian statue of Suvorov

    by Jasen71 Written Jul 15, 2008

    Tiraspol was founded in 1792 by General Surorov, which today is the capital city of Transnistria. An equestrian statue of Suvorov sits in the central square of the capital. General Suvorov victory here against the Ottoman Turks came at a heavy price to the turks with 40,000 dead and only a few hundred prisoners taken by the russians. I met some local teenagers here who where very eager to test out their english skills and chat..

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    The House of the Soviets

    by lotharlerch Updated Jun 27, 2007

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    This seems to be the best kept building in Tiraspol, a typical Soviet style thing with the unavoidable Lenin in front of it. Almost all Soviet cities looked about like that 15 years ago, some do it still...

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    Alexander Suvorov Monument

    by ZiOOlek Updated Jan 4, 2006

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    Alexander Suvorov Monument is situated in 25 October Street, near the Heros' Cemetery and Presidential Palace. Alexander Suvorov was a general who led Russian Army. Suvorov was a founder of Tiraspol.

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