The place where urban life and nature meet best – “Valea Morilor” park. Part 2

Last week we told you the story of one of the most remarkable parks of Chisinau – Valea Morilor. What happened after 2012? Valea Morilor transformed into the place where urban life and nature meet best.

In 2009, Moldovan archaeologists discovered the fragments of a mammoth skeleton at the bottom of a former lake in Valea Morilor Park. This finding was very significant and quite rare for Moldova. The scientists assumed that our land had the favourable conditions for the large animals such as mastodons. They disappeared 3 million years ago, the same as for their heirs, mammoths, who disappeared tens of thousands of years ago. The found bones belong to the female mammoth that existed during the Upper Pleistocene. The animal was one of the last representatives of this species living on the territory of our country. Even though the lake now has water, people still remember that this place was one of the oldest habitats of the mammoths. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

Now, there is water. In 2012, the authorities introduced tadpoles, and placed tiles along the perimeter. Also, they installed railings and set up changing rooms and showers on the beach.

At the beginning of February 2015, the Staircase of the Cascades and the roundabout in the “Valea Morilor” Park went into repai. After the rehabilitation works, they look exactly as they did at the beginning. The restoration project had a value of 12 million lei. It was also coordinated and approved by the National Council of Historical Monuments.


In 2018, the reconstruction project of the granite staircase in Valea Morilor Park was launched. The project was carried out on the basis of a grant worth almost 19 million Moldovan lei (about 920 thousand euros) from the Local Council of Sector 1 of Bucharest, Romania.

Years ago, the vandals ruined the stairs and the fountains, but now they look even greater than before. Walking up and down the cascade stairs makes you feel as if you are somewhere in a fairy tale. A tiny gurgling waterfall on the side brings an added value to this feeling. It takes your mind far away from reality. The majority of visitors throw the coins in the fountains. They want to be sure that one day they will be back to admire the beauty of the park again.

In addition to the cascades, you can find the inconspicuous springs of clean drinking water here. The most known of them is called “Tamara’s spring”, that was done by a Siberian named Gennady. For twelve years in a row, almost every night after a hard day’s work, he came to the spring and, with his own hands, turned, dragged and laid out stones in the combinations that only he could explain. The master gave the name to the place “Tamara’s spring”, in the memory of his sister who died during childbirth. The other springs and sources could be found throughout the whole territory of the park. By the way, in the past, those springs saved many locals, when the accidents at chemical plants happened and polluted the tap water.

While exploring Chisinau, never forget to visit the fascinating Valea Morilor Park that kept and carried its best things throughout the decades. Here, you may not only walk and enjoy the beauty of the places. You can also get in touch with the history. Be our guest in Chisinau and visit one of the most incredible parks of the city.

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