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Stephen III of Moldavia or Stephen Muşat III (1433 - July 2, 1504), also known as Stephen the Great (Romanian: Ştefan cel Mare; Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfânt, "Stephen the Great and Holy" in more modern versions) was Prince of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504.
During his reign, he turned Moldavia into a strong state and maintained her independence against the ambitions of Hungary, Poland, and the Ottoman Empire, which all sought to subdue the land. Stephen achieved fame in Europe for his long resistance against the Ottomans. He was victorious in 34 of his 36 battles, and was the first to inflict a decisive victory against the Ottomans at the Battle of Vaslui, after which Pope Sixtus IV deemed him Athleta Christi (Champion of Christ) — a title previously awarded to Skanderbeg and John Hunyadi. He was a man of religion and displayed his piousness when he paid the debt of Mount Athos to the Porte, ensuring the continuity of Athos as an independent state.
Cricova is an underground wine city in Moldova. It is located 15 km north of Chişinău, the capital of Moldova, and is one of the major attractions for tourists.
Cricova's natural underground labyrinth with 120 km (74 miles) long roadways is one of the biggest in the world. Half of the roadways are used for wine storage. The roads are named by the wines they store...
Maria Cebotari (10 February 1910, Chişinău, now Republic of Moldova - 9 June 1949, Vienna), Moldovan-born Austrian soprano and actress. Born as Maria Cebutaru, she studied singing at the Chişinău Conservatory and in 1929 joined the Moscow Art Theater Company as an actress. Moving to Berlin with the company, she studied singing more with Oskar Daniel for three months and made her debut as an operatic singer by singing Mimi in Puccini's opera La Boheme at Dresden Semper Opera House on 15th March 1931...
... that The "Golden Collection" from the State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex "Mileştii Mici" was recognized by the Guinness World Records as "the biggest wine collection in the world" on the 19th of August 2005. It contains over 1,5 million bottles of different types of wine – dry wines, dessert and sparkling wines.
...that according to the legend, voivode Dragoş founded Moldova as the result of an aurochs hunt. This is the popular explanation of aurochs head depicted on the coat of arms of Moldova.
...that only five of twelve stanzas of the original poem by Alexei Mateevici are included in the national anthem of Moldova.
...that Moldavian SSR had population density 128.2 people/km² and was the most densely populated republic of the Soviet Union.
...that Christian Orthodox is the predominant religion in Moldova. 98% of believers belong to the Orthodox Church, and its traditions are tightly entwined with the culture and patrimony of the country.
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NATO HQ (press release)
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:01:28 -0700
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Moldova's Prime Minister that the Alliance stood ready to develop closer ties during talks at NATO headquarters on Friday (14 June 2013). “We agree that we should make the most of the Individual ...
NATO HQ (press release)
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:36:12 -0700
One such project has contributed to efforts to prevent natural disasters by assessing the susceptibility of areas in Central Moldova to landslides. Another project has focused on technological approaches to detect and remove dangerous contaminants in ...
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:04:02 -0700
Following his meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Iurie Leancă, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle stressed that Moldova needs to promote several reforms. The two men have also ...
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Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:36:29 -0700
Wizz Air, the largest low-fare, low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today two new services from Moldova's capital Chisinau to Rome and Venice commencing on 24 September. Both routes will initially operate twice weekly and are the ...
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:00:05 -0700
Thursday wasn't the best day for a car wash, but a group of young women from Moldova cleaned up cars at a small car dealership to say thank you. "I didn't have any hope or anything and I just kind of survived every day," Nadia Rosca said. The 22-year ...
Public Radio East
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:33:05 -0700
And I'm Renee Montagne. We heard yesterday about efforts here in the U.S. to fight tuberculosis, often successfully. But in many parts of the world, tuberculosis is not only out of control, the germ is becoming even more dangerous. Strains of TB have ...
Give me Goal (blog)
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 23:10:16 -0700
Poland saw their slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil next year recede further after a tame 1 – 1 draw with Moldova Friday night. Poland's Robert Lewandowski against Moldova, Friday night: photo - PAP/Radek Pietruszka. After a ...
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:37:28 -0700
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has assured Moldova's Prime Minister Iurie Leanca that the western military alliance stands ready to develop closer ties during talks at NATO headquarters, according to a press release issued Friday.
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