Tipova on the rocky side of the Nistru river (about 100-km north of
Chisinau), is the biggest Orthodox cave monastery in Moldova and in
Eastern Europe. Long before the feudal state of Moldova was formed, a
community of monks was established here. Some say that in the X-XII c.
(according to others in the XVI-XVIII c.) some cells were du
the steep cliffs of the Nistru. In 1776 a prosperous period started
when the monastery was divided into large parts, separated by massive
columns. During the Soviet period the monastery was closed and
destroyed. In 1975 the ruins of the Tipova monastery were protected by
the State and in 1994 religious services resumed.
It is said that the wedding of our great Ruler Stefan cel Mare and his
wife Maria Voichita was held in this monastery. Another legend says
that the mythological poet Ortheus spent his last years on these hills
and is buried in a nook of a waterfall. The monastery can be visited
can visit the splendid path though the "Tipova" nature reserve. In
ancient times (IV-III c. BC) a Geto-Dacian fortress stood in the
grounds. Its remains are still visible.