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The topographic map set Moldova includes Balanesti maps, Moldovan Plateau maps, Chuluk Upland maps, Trans-Dniester Upland maps, Tigech Upland maps and Podol Upland maps. Here you will also find Dniester maps, Reut maps, Byk maps, Botna maps, Ikeli maps, Prut maps, and also maps of the lake Beleu, Byk, Dracele maps, Rotunda maps, Krasnoye maps, Fontan maps, and Yalpug maps. The set Moldova features as well Kishinev maps, Cricova maps, Koshusna maps, Gagauzia maps, Orhei-Vechi maps, Comrat maps, Bender maps, and Balti maps.
Moldova is situated in the extreme south-west of the East European Plain and occupies much of the territory between the Dniester and the Prut Rivers as well as a narrow strip on the left bank of the Dniester River. It borders on Ukraine and Moldova in the north, east and south and Romania in the west. The area of Moldova is 33,700 sq km. Moldova’s territory stretches from north to south for 350 km and for 150 km from west to east.
Relief. The surface of Moldova is a hilly plain criss-crossed by river valleys and gullies. The average height above sea level is 147 m, while the maximum height is 429.5 m (Mount Balaneshty). The most common forms of terrain in Moldova include ravines, gullies, gyrtops and valleys. In the northern areas of Moldova, there are karst processes which lead to the formation of caves.
Mountains. Bãlãneşti is a mountain in the Nisporen Region of Moldova and the highest point in the country. It is 429.5 m high.
Other mountains in the country include the Moldovan Plateau (240 m), the Chuluk Upland (250 m), Central Moldovan Upland (300 m), the Trans-Dniester Upland (250 m), the Southern Moldovan Upland (150-200 m), the Tigech Upland (200 m) and the spurs of the Podol Upland (180 m).
Rivers. Moldova is rich in surface water. The water area of the country is only slightly more than 1% of its territory. All the rivers belong to Moldova of the Black Sea basin. The largest rivers are the Dniester River with its tributaries Reut, Byk, Botna and Ikeli, and the Prut River with its tributaries Kogylnik (Kunduk) and Ialpug.
Lakes. There are 57 lakes on the territory of Moldova with a total area of 62.2 sq km. The largest of them are Beleu, Byk, Dracele, Rotunda, Krasnoye, Fontan and Yalpug.
In Moldova, there are over 1,600 artificial lakes including 53 reservoirs such as Dubossar, Gidigiche, Koshtesht and Kangaz.
National Parks. In Moldova, there is only one nature reserve, the well-known Codri reserve.
Kishinev (Chisinau) is surprisingly green city, which lies along the tributary and the river Dniester Byk. The city was founded around 1436 and since then its history has been full of events just as much as the history of Moldova. The status of a historic city was awarded to the capital of Moldova thanks to its ancient center. The city has a large number of beautiful parks, each of which is designed and built with high professionalism and love.
Cricova, 15 km north of the city, is the starting point for “wine tours”. This is almost an underground city with a labyrinth of streets, which extending for over 60 km. All the streets are named after different wine brands, so you can wander along Cabernet Street and then visit Pinot Street or Isabella Boulevard.
15 km east of Cricova lies Koshusna, a city which produces a lot of red and white wines, as well as different kinds of vodka and port.
The ancient town of Orhei-Vechi (Orhei or Old Orhei), sometimes called Trebusheni, is one of the oldest settlements in Moldova. The city has relatively few archaeological sights, although there are numerous monuments of ancient civilizations, quite sophisticated stone tools and the ruins of a medieval village in this area.
The Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia in southern Moldova is populated by a Turkish-speaking minority, whose ancestors fled the fighting of the Russian-Turkish wars in the 18th century. The Gagauzis brought into the culture of Moldova their own cultural and religious stratum, which still preserves their national identity and helps them resist assimilation.
Comrat, the capital of Gagauzia, lies 75 km south-west of Chisinau. Every house and every street in Comrat bears marks of Gagauz national identity, while traditional folk rituals and celebrations attract a lot of tourists.
Bender (Tighina) is one of the oldest towns in Moldova. Its beautiful 17th-century castle and the town itself were badly damaged during the recent ethnic conflicts.
Balti (150 km north of the capital) is the industrial center of the country. Sugar, vegetable oils and furs are the main products of this area. In the outskirts of the city, you are offered a large number of hiking and horse-riding routes to picturesque small villages, each of which is a kind of an open-air museum.
Climate. The climate of Moldova is temperate and continental. The average January temperature ranges from -3°C to -5 C°C, while the average July temperature varies from +19°C to +22°C. The average annual rainfall ranges from 380-550 mm. The country receives the largest amount of rainfall in spring and autumn.