On 19 September 2015, an excursion to Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi) for newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers was organized by the Charity Centre for Refugees in cooperation with UNHCR Moldova and the Ministry of Culture RM. The main objective of the trip was to familiarize persons of concern with historic and architectural complex, as well as to recount culture and fortunes of the people who used to reside in this part of Moldova.

The acquaintance with the history began in the museum of archeological excavations containing traces of different civilizations dating from Paleolithic age. Continuing the trip, together with the guide refugees visited an old Moldavian museum house located near the Orheiul Vechi Monastery. The house included ethnic costumes and old household tools which shared a nice opportunity to admire the life of Moldavian peasants.fter the museum tour, refugees visited the last historical sight – the Orheiul Vechi Monastery complex built inside the cliff by Orthodox monks dated from the 13th century. Nobody was left indifferent by the life which monks spent dedicated to God in the cliff. It was a moment of rest surrounded by nature, silence and autumn.

At the end of the tour, beneficiaries thanked the guide for the unforgettable impressions from a wonderful day, good mood, and an opportunity to learn more about Republic of Moldova, its history, and the people, who lived during those times and who created and preserved the greatest creations till present days.

Inga Roman- CCR Project Assistant