Transnistria: Noul Neamt Monastery

The Noul Neamt Monastery aka Svyato-Voznesensʹkyy Monastery in Russian is a large monastic complex near the town of Bender, on the east side of the river but still controlled by Transnistria. The monastery was established in 1871 as the “New Neamt”, as opposed to “Old Neamt”, the monastery in Romanian part of Moldova, that outlawed worship in Slavic language. The monks left Old Neamt and came over here, which at the time was the Russian Empire. Today, the monastery has massive grounds and several buildings, all in pristine condition, surrounded by manicured gardens. Unlike in many other religious buildings, the monks and clergy are actually very welcoming, ready to show you around, and picture taking is allowed and encouraged.