Chișinău, also known as Kishinev (Russian: Кишинёв) or Kishineu (Кишинэу), is the capital of the Republic of Moldova. Chișinău was founded in 1436 as a monastery village.

One of our team (Mark) was born in Chișinău, but left after finishing school to study in St. Petersburg (Then Leningrad). He came back to Chișinău many times to see family and friends. During these visits in 1970s he took photos presented on this page.

Two photos (5/6 and 6/6) were taken by our friend Vitalie Gushan in 2019.

All our photos at that time were kept on slides. When several years ago we started scanning slides, we found that many of them have deteriorated, some even ruined, so quality of the pictures is not very good.

When it was possible, we checked the locations with Google Street View and put information in the photo caption about present conditions or existence of the lantern. A lantern is marked with (?) if we could not confirm its existence or conditions. If there is no note, it means that the lantern exists and has not changed.

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Stefan cel Mare si Sfant Boulevard 79
Mihai Eminescu National Drama Theatre, 1954.
1/2. Wall Mount light at the Main Entrance.

Google, 2018: Bracket the same,

glass globe different.

2/2. Torchiere at the Main Entrance Stairs.

Google 2018: Central Lantern has different

glass globe.


2 / 6
Gregory Kotovsky Monument, Pillar Torchiere.
Constantin Negruzzi Square.
Google 2017: Central lantern removed,
four lanterns installed on brackets.

3 / 6
Torchiere at Cascade Stairs.
Parcul Valea Morilor, Mill Valley Park.
Фонари каскада в парке
у бывшего Комсомольского озера.

4 / 6
Vlaicu Pirkalab St, House or mansion (?).
House and Lantern not found.

5 / 6
Mihai Eminesku St, 49/1. Pillar Torchiere,
Passageway to Nobil Boutique Hotel.
Taken by V Gushan (Chișinău), July 2019.

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Mitropolit Dosoftei St, 112.
Gate Post Lantern.
Taken by V Gushan (Chișinău), Sept 2019.