Biserica de Lemn Chisinau

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Biserica de Lemn – The oldest of its kind

Biserica de Lemn (the Wooden Church) is considered to be the oldest wooden church in Moldova, its origins being established in 1642.

Due to its historical importance and value, efforts were made to have the little orthodox church restored and relocated to the capital city. 

Its rich history begins at a monastery North of Chisinau, and in 1821 it was moved to a village nearby. Before deciding to have it renovated, the church was basically abandoned and in very bad shape, with basically no roof and with damaged walls by rain and snow. The purpose of the restoration was to keep as many original elements as possible, so the oak was processed to improve its durability but the roof had to be rebuilt from scratch. In 2009, the church arrived in Chisinau and renovation works lasted for about two years, when in 2011 it was inaugurated for visitors and Christians. 

Nowadays the Wooden Church is located on the outskirts of Chisinau near a lake and it is part of the Village Museum. It is a symbol of 17th-century Moldovan architecture, both picturesque and easily accessible for all visitors, making it a perfect spot to visit.

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Bulevardul Dacia 56, Chisinau

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