Chisinau, June 24, Interfax - Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and All Moldavia consecrated a new church opened in Cricova Winery, the metropolia reports at its website.
According to the metropolitan, the cellar located at Cricova Winery is unique for Moldova. The church will be opened for numerous tourists and pilgrims who come to Moldavia every day.
Cricova wine cellars are second large among Moldavian wineries and occupy 120 kilometers of labyrinth roads. Its tunnels were set up in the 15th century for limestone mining necessary for building Kishinev. In the 1950s the tunnels were reorganized in a wine cellar trade center. Half of the roads are used for storing wine.
The so-called streets of the underground town are called after wines stored there. This "wine town" has its storehouses, degustation halls and other cellar objects. The cellars are up to 100 meters deep, about 1.25 million rare bottles of wine are stored there. The oldest wine is dated by 1902. Ideal temperature for wine, which is 12 °C is maintained all year round.