The Manuc Bei Mansion
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The Manuc Bei Mansion

The Manuc-Bei mansion is one of the most precious treasures of national architecture of the XIX-th century.  It impresses with its unusual architectural style and history of its owner, who happened to be a politician. The mansion was recently restored in all its small details, thanks to impressive foreign investments. Even if restored, the originality of its XIXth century’s beauty didn’t tend to disappear. 

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Distance from Chișinău : 30 Km Address: Bernardazzi street 2 , Hîncești   This is a historical and architectural monument that was inscribed in the Register of cultural monuments from Republic of Moldova. Here, a luxurious residence was about to be built, which had a palace, a hunting castle, fountains, an Armenian church, a cemetery and all sorts of belongings. The project was realized by the famous architect Bernardazzi. The so-called “Moldovan Versailles” palace respects the style of French classicism.  In the postwar period , the Construction College was activating here. The walls of the construction were destroyed in same period. The mansion also suffered a lot after the 1986 earthquake. Nowadays, the architectural complex “Manuc Bei” from Hîncești is being restored and has already become one of the major destinations of Moldovan tourism. Currently, in the hunting Castle, the Natural History and Ethnography Museum of Hîncești is activating, this one being inaugurated in 1970. The controversial story of this ruined palace, which is today an Architectural Complex, has its origins in the famous district of Hîncești.  Manuc Bei was a politician, born in an Armenian family in Bulgaria. At the age of 25, he was holding a monopoly on salt and tobacco trade in Romania, and then a major supplier to the Turkish and Russian army. He was very clever, being able to play a double game with Russians and Turks, with the Romanian Principates (also Bessarabia) as victims. After the Rusian-Turkish war, the peace deal was signed in Bucharest, 1812. Turned out that Manuc betrayed the interests of the Turks, and risked to get decapitated. But he was cautious enough and managed, by that time, to buy several lands in Bessarabia. After  1815,  he moved with his family to Hîncești, in a wonderful palace that was built by the great architector A. Bernardazzi. The Armenian church from the same territory was painted by Aivazovsky ( Hovhannes Aivazian). It was then totally destroyed by the communists, in the 50s. Manuc  Bei died unexpectedly in 1817, at the age of just 48 years. Historians classify him as a traitorous politician, even if he was a very good trader. He knew 12 languages and at that time was the richest person in the Balkans. The “Tinutului Natal” Museum has several rooms decorated according to different themes. There you can see objects from the Soviet period, facts about Kotovschi, and costumes of the XIVth century.

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