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Historical Museum in the powder storageThere is a museum of the Bendery Fortress on the territory of the citadel in the building of the old Turkish powder storage (the only one Turkish building that is preserved). A huge room of over 200 square meters, as the fortress itself, has its secrets. For example, under the slabs of the floor there are two hook-up chambers - two rooms in which gunpowder and other explosive supplies were stored. It is natural and reasonable to hide explosives deep underground. You never know where the accidental but hot cannonball can get.. In the upper room, the Turks kept weapons, bags, baskets, "unstuffed" cannonball - various household supplies. And now here is the museum of the fortress itself. The exposition is composed mostly of the stuff found during excavations at the fortress, but there are many gifts from residents of the city who, having learned that the fortress is being restored, granted to its museum valuables and objects kept in their families for more than hundred years. However, the love of the residents of Bendery to their city is well known... There is a small layout of the central part of the fortress’s territory in the center of the exposition, on its sides there are two dioramas: “Camp of the Swedish king Charles XII” and “Storming of the Bendery fortress by troops of the general-in-chief Panin in 1770”.  The author of dioramas is a local painter N.P. Dmitrienko. Since the formation of the museum’s exposition has not been completed yet, another layout is in the work now - the full view of the whole territory of the Bendery fortress. Until now, there was no such layout either in the city’s museum or in Chisinau. Museum expositions have been forming for a long time, for years, sometimes for decades... The exposition in the museum is built in a temporary context. From left to right, there are tablets with information, as well as showcases with exhibits telling about the history of the fortress from ancient times and beyond, later the Ukrainian-Swedish and Turkish periods of history, then the exposition is dedicated to the Moldavian principality, then to the Russian-Turkish wars. The exposition of the museum ends with a showcase with a unique collection of firearms and a tablet with portraits of famous persons whose fate is somehow connected with the history of the fortress. There are unique exhibits of collections of cold arms, Moldavian ceramics, royal coins and banknotes in the showcases. Of course, there are cannonballs, musket bullets and more other.

General view of the museum

Showcase number 1. The ancient history of the region. Tools of life

Showcase number 2. The ancient history of the region. Weapons and tools

Showcase number 3. Turkish-Swedish period. Steel arms

Showcase number 4. Turkish smoking pipes

Showcase number 5. Turkish ceramics

Showcase number 6. Moldavian medieval ceramics

Showcase number 7. Turkish-Moldavian jewelry and horse harness elements

Showcase number 8. Russian period. Steel arms

Showcase number 9. Russian period. Money, coins, household implements

Showcase number 10. Elements of the fortress prison in the Russian period

Showcase number 11. Musket bullets and the remains of weapons found during excavations in the fortress

Showcase number 12. Russian period, cold steel and firearms

Showcase number 13. Russian period. Pistols and awards

Showcase number 14. Russian period. Awards, crosses, epaulettes, etc.

Diorama about the stay of the Swedish king Charles XII under the walls of the Bendery fortress

Diorama about the assault on the Bendery fortress by the troops of the Second Russian Army P. Panin in 1770

Bust of hetman Ivan Mazepa, who arrived in Bendery in 1709 and died here

Fragment of an Ottoman marble embedded plate in Farsi

Ceramics and a fragment of high relief discovered during work in the fortress

Installation with a forged cauldron of the X century and knives of the times of the Moldavian Principality

Mannequin in the form of a Swedish drabant, the personal guard of King Charles XII

Mannequin in the shape of a Janissary. Inner Guard. Present of the Embassy of Turkey in Moldova

Model of the citadel of Bendery fortress

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