The Most Beautiful Castles in Moldova

Photo of Maria Menegaki
9 February 2017

Whether from the Middle Ages or after the formation of the independent state, ruins of fortresses and castles can be found all over Eastern Europe’s Moldova. You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate these great structures, but if you are, they’re simply unmissable. Read our guide to discover the most gorgeous ones.

Turkish Fortress an the niestr in Bendery (Transnistria) | © Richardfabi/Wikicommons


An architectural gem of the 16th century, Bender Fortress is located near the medieval city of Bender (also known as Bendery and Tighina) on the right bank of the Dniester River. Originally built as a wooden fort, it was developed into a full structure during the Ottoman period and was of great historical importance. Made of limestone and brick, it is now surrounded by a Russian military zone. Even if you don’t manage to go inside, it will definitely offer you some breathtaking view to remember.

Bender, Moldova

The Prison Castle

Featuring a complex design, the Prison Castle or Earthen Fortress was built during the 19th century. Back then, utility rooms, a guardroom and prison cells were connected and located around the building, divided into male and female areas. Since then, there have been three escape attempts that still add a veil of mystery to the building.

Strada Carierei, Chişinău, Moldova


Probably the main landmark in Soroca, this well-preserved fortress has kept the spirit of the past alive in the modern-day city. Displaying in detail the characteristics of late medieval fortifications and obviously influenced by Western European architecture, it is part of the defensive fort chain along the Dniester River along with several smaller ones. Take a few minutes to gaze upon the impressive, rare form and pay a visit to the complex for some exciting historical facts.

Cetatea Soroca, Soroca, Moldova

Tower of Winds

This unique monument in the north of Transnistria was built in the late 19th century. The Tower of Winds, almost five meters high and made of stone, has been in danger of collapsing after a lightning struck the building in 2002. Fortunately, local authorities have begun a restoration that will enable you to observe some spectacular views from its location.

Rîbnița, Moldova


Situated in central Moldova, it is not only one of the oldest cities of Moldova, but also a unique natural and historical open-air complex. At Old Orhei, you will find several monumental stone constructions that have been fascinating the scientific community and wider public. Do not miss the Gaetic fortress at the Butuceni promontory, or the Medieval Fortress to learn about the enchanting history beyond them.

Orhei, Moldova

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