For book lovers the places associated with authors, books and writings will always present a huge interest. You’ll have the chance not only just to feel the connection with the life of the writer, but as well with the works which they created. There is a merging of the real and the imagined which gives such places a special meaning.
Alexander Donici House-Museum
Alexander Donici was a Moldavian fabulist and translator. He had a great sense of observation. In his works he criticized the bad manners of human society through animal characters. He was inspired by the famous fabulists La Fontaine and I. Krylov.
The manor of Donici family was transformed into a museum in 1976, which reflects his life and his activity as a fabulist. The house is located in the middle of a small park (Donici village). It consists of four rooms. The biggest one, the former cabinet of the writer, still preserved the atmosphere of that epoch: furniture of Egyptian style, Moldovan carpets, unique parquet. The cabinet’s window overlooks the wonderful views of hills. Looking at this landscape you can easily understand the origin of Donici’s talent, since the native lands was its source. The other rooms host the exposition of A. Donici’s books, articles and translations.
The museum complex includes the manor park, family chapel and the spring “Stanca” once arranged by the parents of Alexander Donici. Till now this source feeds with water the whole village. The small church, Saint Maria, is said to be an exact copy of one of the churches from Pechora monastery (Ukraine).
Museum of Romanian Literature
Museum of Romanian Literature “Mihail Kogalniceanu” was founded at the initiative of the Union of Writers of Moldova on February 10, 1965. The museum was created to discover, collect and preserve all the values of Romanian writing.
Unlike other similar institutions of culture, which were based on the collections or existing funds, the Romanian Literature Museum actually started from zero. Therefore, the curators proceeded to a large collection of manuscripts, rare books, periodicals etc., evidence of literature and culture, allowing reconstruction of the early history of Romanian literature till this day. Many expeditions have been undertaken to identify and collect exhibits throughout the country, but also in Ukraine.
Currently, the Romanian Literature Museum has over 100 000 units of: manuscripts, books, journals, fine art (portraits, busts, pictures), prints, photographs and objects left by the writers. Museum, with valuable historical background, literary documentary, provides a rich documentary material for research, communication, which is intended for researchers in the field and the general public as it provides evidence heritage exhibitions on the history of Romanian literature and contemporary literary process.
Alley of Classics
The Alley of Classics is a sculptural complex located in the Stefan cel Mare Park in Chisinau. The alley is decorated on both sides with red granite busts of classic Romanian literary figures. It was built and received its name in 1958 and became one of the most important tourist attractions in Chisinau. At first there were only twelve sculptures but after the fall of the Soviet Union, the local authorities added busts of Romanian and Moldovan writers and poets that were banned during the Soviet regime.
The idea of a sculptural complex was launched by the interwar sculptor Alexandru Plamadeala, who dreamt to create an open-air museum. The sculptural complex from Cismigiu gardens in Bucharest served as a model.
The Alley of Classics contains 28 busts (including that of Alexander Pushkin, lying at the head of the alley).