Sites & cities that bear the name of Chișinău


Today in : Moldova, Republic of
First trace of activity : 1436 C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Chișineu, Kishineu, Кишинэу, Kishinev, Кишинёв, Kishinjóv, Kisjenő, Kişinöv, Kischinau, Kiszyniów, Кишинів, Kyshyniv, קעשענעװ‎, Keshenev

Description : Chișinău also known as Kishinev (Russian: Кишинёв, tr. Kishinjóv ), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. The city is Moldova's main industrial and commercial center, and is located in the middle of the country, on the river Bâc, a tributary of the Dniester. According to the results of the 2014 census, the city proper had a population of 532,513, while the population of the Municipality of Chișinău (which includes the city itself and other nearby communities) was 700,000. Chișinău is the most economically prosperous locality in Moldova and its largest transportation hub. Nearly a third of Moldova's population lives in the metro area. Founded in 1436 as a monastery village, the city was part of the Principality of Moldavia (which, starting with the 16th century became a vassal state of the Ottoman Empire, but still retaining its autonomy). At the beginning of the 19th century Chișinău was a small town of 7,000 inhabitants. In 1812, in the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War (1806–1812), the eastern half of Moldavia was ceded to the Russian Empire. The newly acquired territories became known as Bessarabia.

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