National Theater Mihai Eminescu, Chisinau

National Theater Mihai Eminescu, Chisinau

The National Theater Mihai Eminescu was established on October 10, 1920 by a group of prominent Romanian cultural and public figures, led by the Minister of Bessarabia in the Government of Romania, Sergiu T. Niţă. The troupe worked only one season, delivering 25 performances. In 1935, by ministerial order, theaters in Chisinau, Craiova and Chernivtsi were closed for financial reasons. Although short-lived, the first National Theater in Chisinau has made an important contribution to the culture of Bessarabia.

In 1933, the Moldavian National Theater was founded in the capital of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Tiraspol. After June 28, 1940, when the territory between the Prut and the Dniester rivers was incorporated into the Soviet Union, on the basis of the Tiraspol theater a new Moldavian State Theater was formed in Chisinau [then Kishinev]. In 1945, it was named after Alexander Pushkin. Shortly afterward, the majority of the Tiraspol troupe moved to Chisinau to join the local artists. The present building was constructed in 1954 and is now counted among the most treasured architectural monuments in the city. Designed by renowned architect Galadjeva, it boasts a grand neoclassic façade, which gives it a timeless appeal. The interior - credited to architects V.F. Alexandrov and V.P. Smirnov - is regal, elegant and opulent. With the walls painted with mural depicting ‘Hora’, and the balconies and lodges having ornate and delicate decoration, the interior of the theater is nothing short of splendour.

In 1994, the theater got the status of national and was renamed Mihai Eminescu. A new page in its history has been opened by talented young actors - students of renowned theater schools in Moscow, Tbilisi, Iasi and Chisinau.

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Sight Name: National Theater Mihai Eminescu
Sight Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Stefan cel Mare Blvd Walk   Cultural Walking Tour of Chisinau  

Walking Tours in Chisinau, Moldova

Create Your Own Walk in Chisinau

Create Your Own Walk in Chisinau

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chisinau is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Chisinau History Walk

Chisinau History Walk

The history of Chisinau goes back over 500 years and may reveal itself to the eyes of the beholder in the walls of the buildings, the stones of the monuments, and the once cobblestone but now asphalt-covered roads of the old city. Some of the narrow streets of Chisinau are rarely trotted by locals and thus have retained much of their original character. Most of the listed here attractions are not part of any other tourist guide, although they do have a long story to tell, having witnessed some of the most fascinating chapters of Chisinau's past.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Religious Walking Tour of Chisinau

Religious Walking Tour of Chisinau

Strong faith and love for God the Moldovans have kept for centuries are well reflected in the numerous churches found in Chisinau. This self-guided tour will take you to the places of worship located in the city center. Whether to enjoy the architecture or attend the service, these churches are well worth visiting all the same.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Stefan cel Mare Blvd Walk

Stefan cel Mare Blvd Walk

Known as the "Green Capital", Chisinau traces its history to 1436, it represents the cultural, economic and political center of Moldova. Stefan cel Mare Blvd is one of the oldest and most prominent streets in the city, here you will find a lot of beautiful churches, fine architectural pieces, important historic sights, as well as tranquil and picturesque parks. Be sure to visit some, if not all the attractions listed below, when you have a chance.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Chisinau is the capital of Moldova, the country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania in Eastern Europe, which had for many years been part of the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union until it finally got independence in 1991. Moldovan culture and language are deeply rooted in the Roman tradition. Just like the eternal city of Rome itself, Chisinau rests on 7 hills in the valley of the River Bic and even has a replica of the Capitoline Wolf statue in its center. The city is fairly small with a population of just 800,000; it is very compact, so most of its attractions are located downtown, within a walking distance from each other. Follow this orientation walk and explore the most notable sights of the Moldovan capital!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Go About Daily Life Tour of Chisinau

Go About Daily Life Tour of Chisinau

Ever wondered what it is like living in Chisinau? Well, now you have the chance to find out. Visit the Afghan War Memorial to Sons of Motherland, see where and how kids and students receive "occupational guidance", or unwind at the local park. Follow this walking tour to discover the daily life of Chisinau's Riscani district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Best Wine and Brandy Shops

Best Wine and Brandy Shops

It would be an true pity to visit Chisinau without having explored its specialized wine and brandy shops, and picking up at least one bottle. Moldova is a renowned producer of wine and spirits, it offers true quality products based on centuries-old traditions, and at bargain prices too. This tour will take you to some of the best shops in town selling wines and liquors, all within a walk of the city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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