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Moldova has no places on the UNESCO Heritage List. Orhei Vechi is on the tentative list. it is interesting and beautiful p[lace, worth visiting. To reach the cave monastery, one has to hike on the high cliff along the river.
Orheiul Vechi is an Eastern Orthodox monastery complex carved into a massive limestone cliff that overlooks the meandering Raut River. It is one of the most visited places in Moldova, but you won’t see many tourists there. Nearly all of the visitors are Orthodox pilgrims who come from all over, not just Moldova, to pay their respects and visit the complex’s cave church.

Old Orhei (Romanian: Orheiul Vechi) is a Moldovan historical and archaeological complex located in Trebujeni, which is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-east of Chişinău on the Răut River in the Republic of Moldova.he ancient city of Orheiul Vechi is a natural and historical complex, located in a narrow bend of the Raut River. The natural landscape of limestone rock, eroded by the river, is combined with archaeological vestiges of the ancient Trypillian civilization. As a result of archaeological excavations, cultural layers were discovered from different epochs, such as the Paleolithic, Eneolithic, and Iron Age.

Old Orhei contains traces of different civilizations, including the remnants of earthen and wooden fortresses of Geto-Dacian fortress (6th-1st centuries B.C.), the Golden Horde fort Shehr al-Jedid (or Yangi-Shehr) (14th century), a Moldavian fort dating from the 14th-16th centuries, an Orthodox monastery (c 14th century), and the Moldavian town of Orhei from the 14th-16th centuries.

The Orthodox monastery is still inhabited by a handful of Orthodox monks, who maintain the church at the top of the hill. The caves are still functional as chapels. The caves contain an array of historical artifacts and Old Church Slavonic inscriptions dating from the 1690s, which testify that the Hajduk took shelter in the caves, hiding from the Ottoman Empire. (from Wikipedia).

On the upper picture, there is a bell tower. Under it is the small monastery hewn in the rock. You can see the interior of it on the two lower photos.

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