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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice place, some history, some legends, above all a relaxing and interesting place to visit. Really interesting to visit the old ashlar cells.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 696ismaile
Reviewed 24 October 2018

The geographical surroundings are incredible. The area looks as thiugh it us because of earlier mining, but it is real. There are remains of a fortress on the top of the hill, before you turn off to the valley, and there is also the remains...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank global-traveller48
Reviewed 15 October 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andrejamold
Reviewed 8 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HermanZ1975
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pilgrim_gsa
Reviewed 30 September 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lolla_lc
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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 deafleopard80 | 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
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