Offbeat beauty in an unrecognized republic.

Moldova's historical city in Transnistria, known for its 16th-century Ottoman fortress, and orthodox churches.

Famous for its imposing fortress, Bender is a city that offers a glimpse into the past and the complex history of this region.

Bender is located in the Transnistria region. While internationally recognized as part of Moldova, Transnistria operates as a separate entity with its own government and currency.

The historical pride of Bender is the Bender Fortress, a large fortification on the right bank of the Dniester River. The fortress was initially built in the 16th century by the Ottoman Empire and has been a key strategic location over the centuries. Today, the fortress is open to visitors and offers an impressive view over the city and the river.

In addition to the fortress, there are several religious sites worth visiting. The Church of St. Alexander Nevsky is an orthodox church that serves as a spiritual haven for the locals, while the Holy Trinity Church is another important religious symbol of the city.

The central park of Bender is a quiet green space. Within the park, there's a small amusement park. Bender is not known for its culinary scene but it offers some traditional Moldovan dishes. Try Plăcintă, a Moldovan pastry filled with cheese, cabbage, or apples, or Mamaliga, a cornmeal dish often served with meat or vegetables.

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