Tiraspol is one of the world’s least-known capital cities. What makes the city unique, however, is that the time has ceased in 1990. In Tiraspol, the Soviet Union still lives and the whole place is like an open-air museum. This is what the capital of Transnistria looks like – 2015.
Most people who arrive in Tiraspol make it through Transnistria’s second largest city, Bender. Bender is relatively gray and sad, but instead is Tiraspol rich in decorations.
Lenin Is Everywhere
Here are only broad avenues, all named after various Soviet idols or events. The city’s coat of arms still has the hammer and the sickle as a symbol. Lenin is a frequent statue, all in excellent condition, around the city.
Tiraspol has about 150,000 inhabitants.
Sheriff Is Everything
Whatever you need, Sheriff is the name you should look for. In Transnistria, there is a company that dominates in total. Gas stations, supermarkets, restaurants and everything in the middle.
Even the football stadium is called Sheriff and FC Tiraspol’s arena. It’s completely new and state-of-the-art, thanks to generous sponsorship from Sheriff.
The longest street is “25th November” and has the largest Lenin statue. On the other side is a large and stately war memorial of Soviet soldiers who died during World War II and the war between Moldova and Transnistria 1990-1992.
A trip past the Transnistrian Parliament is obvious. Inside here is the governing council still called “Supreme Soviet”.
There are 1-2 hostels/hotels in Transnistria, all located in Tiraspol. Remember to apply for a visa if you are staying longer than 8 hours in the country.