Dacian tribes later populated the region, as well as the Scythians, Sarmatians, and other civilizations.
Another major landmark in Iasi is the neo-gothic Palace of Culture, built between 1900-1926, currently housing the Ethnographic Museum, the Art Museum, and the History Museum of Moldova.
Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Moldova is the region of Bucovina, home to one of the world's greatest art treasures: the UNESCO World heritage sites of the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.
Moldova rivals Transylvania when it comes to rich folklore, natural beauty and astonishing history.
Over the past 500 years, history, culture and religious life have molded Iasi, the cultural capital of Moldova.
Built in the 15th and 16th centuries and featuring colorful exterior frescoes depicting dramatic religious scenes, these richly decorated houses of worships are unique in the world.
The most famous of these, often called "the Sistine Chapel of the East" is Voronet Monastery.Various peoples invaded the region of modern-day Moldova, including Goths and Huns, Magyars, and Mongols.Moldova became part of the First and Second Bulgarian Empires, lasting throughout the Middle Ages.To this day, the streets of the capital, Tiraspol, are decked out with statues of Lenin and other symbols of the Soviet Union, of which Moldova was a member until its break-up in 1991.US Air Force Gen Philip Breedlove, who is Nato’s supreme allied commander in Europe, said that gave President Vladimir Putin a pretext to send troops in there as a “protection” force for ethnic Russians, just as he has done in Crimea.Boasting 23 lakes, innumerable parks and varied wildlife, Chisinau has one of the highest proportions of natural spaces of any city in Europe.