Soroca, in northern Moldova on the Dniester River, is known as the “capital” of the Roma in Moldova; the former king of Moldovan Roma, Mircea Cerari, was buried here in 1998. Soroca is best known as the location of the medieval Soroca Fortress. First mentioned in 1499, it probably began as a wooden and earthen fortress before it was rebuilt by Transylvanian craftsmen between 1543 and 1546. The fortress used to be portrayed on Moldova’s old currency, and remains on the 20-lei bill and on the back of Moldovan identity cards.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013