In 1881 in Hancesti (some 36 kms west of Chisinau) in the middle of a park there was built a Hunting Lodge and a Palace on the estate of a famous personality from the beginning of the XIXth century, Manuc Bei, the so-called "Prince of Georgians". For the record, in Manuc Palace in Bucuresti a peace treaty was made between the Turkish and Russian Empires, which put Basarabia under Russian protection. Manuc Bei received a huge estate in a picturesque forested area, where he spent the last years of his life. Manuc’s children and grandchildren commissioned the famous architect A. Bernardazzi to design and build a castle-style Hunting Lodge and a Palace in the eclectic style in the centre of the town. Since 1979 the Hunting Lodge has been a museum, which has many exhibitions: "Maps and Documents", "The archaeological remains of the region", "The Nature of the region", "Moldova’s Leaders", "Ethnography", "The Iasi-Chisinau Battle during the Second World War" etc.
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