Central and Eastern Europe Europe Transnistria


Stories and Photos from my travels to a country that doesn’t exists.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Transnistria

Year Visited: 2018 – August


From Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova, we took a Marshrutka to Tiraspol, capital of self-proclaimed country of Transnistria.

Transnistria, officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), is a self-proclaimed republic of the former Soviet Union, recognized by NO other UN member country in the world. It is a breakaway state in the narrow strip of land between the river Dniester and the border of Ukraine, that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova.

After the dissolution of the USSR, tensions between Moldova and the breakaway Transnistrian territory escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July of the same year.

Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved: Transnistria is an unrecognized but de facto independent semi-presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, currency and vehicle registration. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem and coat of arms. It is the only country still using the hammer and sickle on its flag, despite not being a socialist state. It is a territory filled with Soviet nostalgia and Communist symbols.

Photos below are from my day trip to Tiraspol, the capital city of Transnistria.

Transnistria Migrations Card, If you can travel to Moldova, you can travel to Transnistria you don’t need separate Visa. Once you arrive at the border, border control officer will give you an immigration card valid for the number of days you requested. If you carry a USA Passport, you might be invited inside for a secondary interview.
Railway Station of Tiraspol, bus-stop is also next to the Railway Station.
The Tourist information Center is only few minutes walk from the railway station. Total seven new travelers to the country for the day I visited, not many people visit this country.
Map of Transnistria at the Tourist Office. The staff are very knowledgeable about Tiraspol and the surrounding region and can really help with queries about transport.
only country still using the hammer and sickle on its flag, despite not being a socialist state. It is a territory filled with Soviet nostalgia and Communist symbols.
Welcome to Tiraspol. A beautiful Manhole Cover with City’s name in Russian.
View of Tiraspol from one the the high-rise building.
You will always see Russian flag alongside Transnistrian Flag. The country would like to be a part of Russia. But Russia prefers a more covert support, provides free gas and supplements residents’ pensions. It also provides more than 1,000 troops in the form of a Russian peacekeeping mission that is maintaining the current status quo.
Tiraspol City Hall known as House of Soviets (Dom Sovetov). Fairly conventional Stalinist architecture with a bust of Lenin directly outside.
A large bust of Lenin, located out side the House of Soviets (City Hall).
The Supreme Council of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, the Transnistrian parliament building, guarded by a huge statue of Vladimir Lenin.
A T-34 tank at the Memorial of Glory Square (Hero’s cemetery), the square remembers those who died in the Great Patriotic War ( WW-II ), the Soviet-Afghan war and the Transnistria war.
The St. George Chapel near the Memorial of Glory Square.
Embassies of unrecognized republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Artaskh. Along with Transnistria, these four unrecognized territories maintain friendly relations with each other.
Newly developed park near the railway station.
Presentation of the Child Jesus Church, recently built orthodox church in the park.
Soviet era upscale buildings.
The Capital city has a night club too!
Dniester River, During summer, this is the place for family picnic, one of the things to do in Tiraspol is a boat trip on the river.
The city had many banners with the coat of arms of Transnistria, celebrating 28 years of independence.
Banner of a local Fast-food restaurant.
The local money, called Ruble. Never seen Plastic coins before.. there is always first time for everything.

After a full day in Tiraspol we took a Marshrutka back to Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova to continue with my backpacking trip through Central and Eastern European countries.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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