Posted by: Alex MacGregor | June 21, 2015

Kitskany Monastery

While my first post about Transnistria may give off the impression that it’s devoid of any “traditional” tourist attractions, there’s a major exception: the monastery at Kitskany (technically the Noul Neamţ Monastery, but locally called Kitskany after the nearby village).

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Located a mere 4 miles outside of central Tiraspol (simply cross the bridge and take the only bus on the other side until the first stop–Kitskany), it makes an easy side-trip from town, and is totally worth it.

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The monastery rising out of the brambly ex-Soviet landscape of Kitskany Village.

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The huge bell tower that serves as the entrance. Unlike most notable monasteries I’ve been to, Kitskany has no entrance fee; you just stroll right in the gate and you’re among the priests.

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The gorgeous church interior.

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In addition to the aesthetics, one fascinating thing about Kitskany is how open and authentic it is. You can stroll through their groves and fields at will. The place is self-sustaining.

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Cherries ripe for the picking.

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A longtime tradition of harvesting honey.

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Stockpiled firewood that would be good for years!

The monastery also raises orphans and provides education for local children–a noble institution.

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If you go with Tim from Tiraspol Hostel, he’ll get the gate to the massive bell tower opened. This stairway probably wouldn’t cut it in the US!

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High up in the tower, where this unfathomably large bell was somehow hoisted way back when. It was made in Saint Petersburg.

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A bird’s eye view of the monastery. Gorgeous!

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  1. […] Alas, in a manner that reminiscences Topkapi Palace, a swarm of bodies floods each church entrance like it’s a Transnistrian beehive! […]


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