Beltsy also called ’’the northern capital of Moldova’’ is the second largest city in terms of area and economic importance after Chisinau. Situated 127 kms north of the capital Chisinau and located on the river Raut, a tributary of the Dniestr, Beltsy was initially founded as a centre of commerce in 1421 by Ringalia de Mazovia, the Poland king’s sister Wladyslaw II Jagiellon of Lithuanian dynasty, who was Alexander the Great’s wife. The locality was so called because there were many pools of water and wetlands around the city. The locality burned totally after the Tatars’ invasion from Crimea ruled by Menli I Giray. Beltsy was slowly reconstructed and became a town during the second part of the XVIII th century .At that time the town was known as the biggest cattle commercial centre. Most of the buyers and commerciants were from Austria.
Districts of Bălţi
Nowadays the city is the third largest in terms of population after Chisinau and Tiraspol. The city comprises of many neighbourhoods as Paminteni, Slobozia, Molodova, Podul Chisinaului, Baltul Nou, the 6 th district, the 8 th district and the 9th district. There is also Dacia, the newest and the youngest part of the city situated in the northern part and colloquially referred to as BAM. The district in the eastern part of the city is known as Autogara.
Sightseeing places in Bălţi
Beltsy is a major centre for industry, manufacturing and food-processing in the northern part of the country. It is, undoubtedly, a nice place to visit with many cultural venues as churches, art galleries, ‘’Vasile Alecsandri’’ Theatre, cinema ‘’Patria’’, the ‘’A. Russo’’ State University and its big scientific library, one of the biggest public libraries in the South-Eastern Europe. Especially of note are the Saint Constantin and Elena Orthodox Cathedral, the Bishopic Palace and the ‘’Andriesh’’ park. Numerous cafes and restaurants with international cuisine can be found here. Most of the city’s feasts and celebrations take place around the central Vasile Alecsandri Square.