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There 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.

Historical Museum in the powder storage

Some exhibits of the museum

Diorama of the second camp of Charles XII on the lower part of the Bender Fortress

Diorama the assault of Bender fortress by the Second Army P.I. Panin in 1770

Rack with stone and marble finds in the fortress 2008-2018

Corner with forged cauldron and cold steel arms from the times of the Moldavian Principality

Showcase with awards and epaulettes of Cossack sergeant Khoperskov

Ancient domestic tools, weapons, ammunition etc.

Layout of the citadel

Swedish striker, personal guard of King Charles XII (Carolina)

Showcase with cold arms

Showcase with medals, militia crosses, St. George's crosses, memorable table signs

Showcase with pistols and elements of weapons

Marble turban, element of a muslim tombstone

Saber and sword of 18th century

Janissary of the inner guard. Gift of the Turkish Embassy in Moldova

Firearms of the second half of the 18th century

Model of a light field gun (Falconet)

Fragment of a mortgage plate with an inscription in Persian (excerpt from a surah from the Koran)

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