The Geography of Moldova

Moldova's climate

Moldova is a hilly plains country and most of it is less than 400 meters above sea level. Codru (“the forest”) is located in the central part of the country. It is intersected by partly deep valleys. The highest point in the country lies west of this area of ​​Bălăneşti (429 meters above sea level). Further north there is a lower plateau with the wide, undulating Bălţiste (about 150-200 meters…

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Montenegro

The bay of Kotor

Montenegro is a republic in southeastern Europe on the Adriatic. The country, which is somewhat smaller than Telemark County, borders Croatia in the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the northwest, Serbia in the northeast and east, Kosovo in the east and Albania in the south. The country has a coast towards the Adriatic in the southwest. The population is 629 219 inhabitants (2018). The capital is Podgorica. Montenegro was part…

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Architecture in Moldova

In the capital Chişinău

In the capital Chişinău, the contrast is great between older and newer architecture. The picture shows the Arc de Triomphe (1840), erected in neoclassical style. In the 9th century AD cities developed, surrounded by fortifications. In the 1400s and 1500s, cities often consisted of citizens with surrounding settlements, and marketplaces began to become commonplace. Fortified citizens were raised in Stary Orkhey, Soroki and Bendery. A local Orthodox church architecture was…

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Flying with Baby: Tips for a Smooth Flight

Olivia lives far away from her grandfather from her father, cousin and uncles. The girl, who was born homesick for part of her family, started traveling early by plane. Her first trip was at six months of age, when we left Belo Horizonte and left for Uberlândia. Yeah, who is a miner or has adopted Minas Gerais knows how the distances here are immense mountains. So better get used to plane early. When can the…

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Moldova

Moldova

Moldova is a relatively small country in Eastern Europe. It borders Romania in the west, by the way to Ukraine. Click Digopaul for map of Moldova. As an independent state, Moldova is a young country. The country was a sub-republic in the Soviet Union after World War II and declared independent in 1991. During the interwar period, Moldova was part of Romania. The country’s economy was previously strongly integrated into…

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Art in Belarus

Architecture The earliest buildings in Belarus were erected in wood and are not preserved for posterity. In the 1100s and 1200s, churches were erected in a distinctive Belarusian Romanesque style, inspired by Byzantine and East Slavic models. The large Byzantine domed, five-ship Cathedral of St. Sofia in Polatsk, built in the 11th century, shows kinship with similar cathedrals in Kiev and Novgorod, as well as the Church of the Annunciation…

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Belarus Knowledge and Culture

Belarusian culture has evolved in the span between a national cultural heritage with strong roots in the rural culture of the countryside, and external influences, especially in the form of an urbanized classic cultural heritage that has been communicated through regional centers of power such as Warsaw and Moscow. In the last century, Russian and Soviet influence in particular has been strong. A central figure in Belarusian cultural history was…

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Geography of Montenegro

Podgorica

Montenegro is heavily hilly with mountains that are among the steepest in Europe. The country has a narrow and steep coastline towards the Adriatic. The country’s coastline is 293.5 kilometers. Just north and west of Lake Skhoders there is a larger plain with swampy areas by the sea and a larger plain at the top. The country’s average height is 900 meters above sea level. The Kotor Bay is the…

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Belarus History

Church of Christ's Transfiguration

The country’s central location in Eastern Europe means that the history of Belarus is characterized by changing political alliances. In the Middle Ages river transport played a major role and made the north-south axis important, from the fifteenth century the areas have been influenced by changing political centers of gravity in the west and east. During the Kiev Empire (c. 850-1240), Polatsk and Turaw grew to become the two most…

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