Stephen the Great Monument, Chisinau

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The Stephen the Great Monument is a prominent monument in Chişinău, Moldova.
The monument to Stephen the Great was designed by architect Alexandru Plămădeală in 1923. It was erected near the main entrance of the Stephen the Great Park in Central Chişinău. The monument was completed in 1927 and opened on 29 April 1928, marking the 470th birthday of Stephen the Great. The total cost of the monument was 4.000.000 lei.
A few days before the 1940 Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, the monument was relocated to Vaslui, and its pedestal was blown up. On August 25, 1942, the monument was returned to Chişinău and taken back to Romania in 1944. In 1945, the Soviet authorities ordered the restoration of the monument to Chişinău.
On 31 August 1989 the monument to Stephen the Great was returned to its original location, chosen by Alexandru Plămădeală in the 1920s. The initial inscriptions were restored. Flower-laying ceremonies are regularly performed at the pedestal of this monument on each national holiday and on days of official top and high level visits.
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  • A bronze statue of a great man representing the Mordova on the main street of Stephen Del Marais in Chisinau, where the same archduke's name was crowned. His likeness is also printed on Mordova's banknotes.
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  • Stephen the Great means a lot for Moldavians and Romanians and this statue and its troubled history is a testimony. Around the statue there are several interesting inscriptions reporting various reloc...  more »
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  • It was a wonderful statue in a beautiful park. There was a beautiful wreath laid at his feet. He is very important to the Moldovan people. It was a very commanding statue for the city. Unfortunately, due to the weather we weren't able to spend a lot of time. Still very impressive!
  • Sensational place where you can feel all the history behind this true Moldovan hero. Well maintained and colorful when flowers pop up. Perfect place to meet as well as it's in the heart of the city
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