The world is in love with Doga’s waltz and carol. Where Moldova’s only UNESCO World Heritage monument is located?

The Republic of Moldova has only one monument from the UNESCO Heritage List. It is the Struve Geodetic Arch, placed in an orchard in the village of Rudi, Soroca.

The Struve Geodetic Arch is a network of 265 points, showing cubes of size two by 2 meters. They are located in 10 countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Republic of Moldova. They were created to determine the parameters, shape, and size of the Earth.

Moldova in UNESCO Intangible Heritage

The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage includes the men’s carol singing, the doina, the traditions of the “Mărțișor,” and the techniques of making traditional blouses and carpets.

The ways of creating traditional carpets were included in the 2016 UNESCO Heritage. The dossier was submitted by the Republic of Moldova and Romania. The international organization noted that tradition is “an instrument that unites social groups of different ages and socio-economic backgrounds.”


The women’s shirt with the ornament became a UNESCO National Intangible Heritage in 2022. “Today, interest in the creation of these blouses is growing, with the practice seen as a means to relax and affirm national identity and maintain visible links with the past,” the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization notes in its decision.

Men’s caroling has been on the Organization’s heritage list since 2013. According to UNESCO, “this cultural heritage plays an important role in preserving social identity and ensuring cohesion.”

In 2017, UNESCO declared “Mărțișor” and its traditions part of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. UNESCO stated at the time that the threads of white and red unite community members. “The practice contributes to social cohesion, intergenerational exchange, and interaction with nature, stimulating diversity and creativity,” the organization informed.

The world in love with Doga’s waltz

In 2023, UNESCO recognized Eugen Doga’s waltz from “My Sweet and Tender Beast” as the fourth musical masterpiece of the 20th century. The film and song were first shown in 1978 in the movie based on a novel by Anton Chekhov. The movie was directed by Emil Loteanu, and the music was by Eugen Doga.

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