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Orhei, Moldova
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All reviews the cliff bell tower cave monastery the river be careful traditional moldovan worth a visit remote spot day trip old village religious icons steep hill limestone site monk hike chisinau
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Remarkable nature with river bed deep into terrain, small church at the top and rock monastery below where time has stopped. At footsteps small village with few good restaurants in local stile offering excellent local food. Exciting all year round. Recommended

Thank Andreja M
Reviewed 1 week ago

If visiting Moldava, you should really visit this place. It is 45-minutes drive from Chisinau, good roads, and after arriving an 15-minutes walk up the hill. There a stunning views, there is history (old monastery & the cave monastery) and you can take nice pictures...More

Thank HermanZ1975
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one sure place not to be missed for there aren't many places to visit in Moldova and this one has both religious and anthropological history . The monks the cave monastery the location all combine to give an irresistible appeal for this excursion....More

Thank pilgrim_gsa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place in Orhei city in Moldova, it gives bit of old places and houses with people staying in old village. So it is a bit nice and worth a quick visit. U can club it with another activity becs it shouldnt take...More

Thank Ahmed A
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Orheiul vechi aka Old Orhei is beautiful. The church inside the cave was spectacular. So much history! The view however was the winner. A must for anyone wanting to see a piece of Moldavian history as well as Moldova itself.

Thank Lidia C
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

The scenery in itself is quite beautiful and you must visit the rock chapel, quite amazing what a believer can achieve.

Thank Henrique A
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Quaint city with lovely lake/park area. They are trying to revitalize the downtown area with better streets and sidewalks. Need more hotels and nice restaurants.

Thank ccarney52
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This is the most famous of Moldova's cave monasteries. The monastery is actually part of a larger complex. Our tour group of 20 only visited the headquarter building and the cave. We were not taken to the cross. The 13th century church was excavated from...More

1  Thank CJW913
Reviewed 7 July 2018

An interesting place to visit, wasn't quite what I expected though. The place is really different and our guide, Natalie, was amazing. There's a small church/ temple inside the rock. You enter through a bell tower and descend some dark stairs. Inside you can see...More

1  Thank Kerryn72
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We came here on a day trip to the monastery . Make time to go up to the cross. Here you can make a wish. Take turns to go to the cross and make a wish. Be careful as the edge of the cliff is...More

1  Thank Deanne D
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2 September 2018|
Response from Henrique A | Reviewed this property |
Old Orhei is really several things - The cave chapel is, I'd think, as the monk lives there, the monastery I didn't visit, don't know, and the typical village I think is open every day too.
2 September 2018|
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Response from Dina P | Reviewed this property |
Not 100% sure if the cave monastery is open every day, but when i went in June the church was closed. But still it’s worth visiting for the view. Then if you go down to the village, try some homemade wine. It was the best I... More
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19 June 2018|
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Response from blackrose909 | Reviewed this property |
Agreed - baths can be seen from the road and the monastery is fine, which require walking but is easy access. If my mum had been there for the other areas (she's afraid of heights), she would not have managed, despite being... More