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Alley of Classics, Chişinău

The Alley of Classics
the Alley of Classics seen from Ştefan cel Mare bd.

47°01′32″N 28°49′39″E / 47.02562°N 28.82741°E / 47.02562; 28.82741Coordinates: 47°01′32″N 28°49′39″E / 47.02562°N 28.82741°E / 47.02562; 28.82741

Location Central Chişinău
Type Sculptural complex
Beginning date 1957
Opening date April 29, 1958
Dedicated to Romanian cultural elite

The Alley of Classics (Romanian: Aleea Clasicilor) is a sculptural complex located in the Stephen the Great Park in Central Chişinău, Moldova.[1]


The alley is decorated on both sides with red granite busts of classic Romanian literary figures and political leaders from Moldova.[2] The alley is located between the Ştefan cel Mare boulevard and the bronze bust of Alexander Pushkin, set on a granite column and made by Russian sculptor Alexander Opekushin.[2] The alley was built and received its name in 1958 and became one of the most important tourist attractions in Chişinău.[3] At first there were only twelve sculptures but after the fall of the Soviet Union, the local authorities added busts of Romanian and Moldovan writers and poets that were banned during the Soviet regime.[2]

The idea of a sculptural complex was launched by the interwar sculptor Alexandru Plămădeală, who dream to create an open-air museum. Just during the Khrushchev Thaw, the Alley of Classics was unveliled on April 29, 1958 in the Stephen the Great Park (former "A.S. Puşkin" Park). The sculptural complex from Cişmigiu Gardens in Bucharest served as a model.[4]


The Alley of Classics contains 28 busts (including that of Alexander Pushkin, lying at the head of the alley) in alphabetical order.[2]

Nr Bust[3] Unveiled[3] Sculptor[3] Image
1 Vasile Alecsandri 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi
2 Tudor Arghezi 1995 Dimitrie Verdeanu
3 Gheorghe Asachi 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi
4 George Bacovia 2001 Miliţa Petraşcu
5 Lucian Blaga 1992 Alexandra Picunov
6 Dimitrie Cantemir 1957 Nikolay Gorenashev
7 George Călinescu 1997 Serghei Ganenko
8 George Coşbuc 1996 Constantin Popovici
9 Ion Creangă 1957 Lev Averbuh
10 Alecu Donici 1957 Ioan Cheptănaru
11 Mircea Eliade 1997 Vasile Golea
12 Mihai Eminescu 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi
13 Octavian Goga 2000 Cornel Medrea
14 Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu 1957 Ioan Cheptănaru
15 Alexandru Hâjdeu 1957 Vladislav Krakoveak
16 Nicolae Iorga 1990? Mihail Ekobici
17 Mihail Kogălniceanu 1990?  ?
18 Alexei Mateevici 1990 Dmitri Rusu-Skvortsov
19 Nicolae Milescu 1957 Lev Averbuh
20 Constantin Negruzzi 1957 Lazăr Dubinovschi &
Aleksandr Maiko
21 Liviu Rebreanu 27 November 2009 Miliţa Pătraşcu
22 Alecu Russo 1957 Vasili Larcenko
23 Mihail Sadoveanu 1990? Group of artists
24 Constantin Stamati 1957 Leonid Fitov
25 Nichita Stănescu 1990? Group of artists
26 Constantin Stere 1991 Giorgi Dubrovin
27 Grigore Vieru 12 February 2010 Victor Macovei &
Ruslan Tihonciuc


  • Călina Trifan, "Aleea Clasicilor", Chişinău, Editura "Arc", 2009.


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