37 monuments in 30 days, and what I learned along the way.
Friday 1 January 2016
Although I’ve already published three articles about the unrecognised European republic of Transnistria, there’s one more that I really want to write… and in some ways, it’ll serve as a correction to those that went before.
For any Westerner visiting Transnistria, the most striking aspect of the place is its overwhelming use of Soviet symbology. The Lenin statues, the tank monuments, the grand military parades – but in reality this is only one face of the region. I don’t want to fall into the same trap as the majority of Western journalists, who give the impression that this is all there is to Transnistria; and so instead, I plan to write another article looking a little further outside of the capital at the more traditional, authentic culture of the region.
I’m in the situation now though, where I’ve got more photos than I have stories to go with them. When I write this piece I’m going to have to pick a selection of my favourite images from a number of sites around Transnistria – but I still think the others are worth seeing, which is why I’m posting them up here as two complete image galleries.
In this gallery you’ll find the town of Chiţcani, with its beautiful monastery and the battlefield obelisk that sits on a hill just beyond the town limits. In the accompanying post, you can see photos from the military museum at Bendery, tucked away inside the carriages of a decommissioned Soviet steam train.
Noul Neamt Monastery
The Chiţcani Obelisk
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