The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

In Moldavia there is an interesting city called Soroki. The city is right on the boarder with Ukraine. Today we’ll speak about a Gipsy phenomenon connected with this place. The Gipsy block located here on the high bank impresses most tourists who come here only to look at the settled Gipsy mode of life. Many people believe that Gipsies are often ill-dressed, bothering people in the streets, living in Gipsy bands or at stations. But they do have houses! And what houses they have! In the ordinary provincial Moldavian city they simply delight!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Ukrainian side

The most civilized Gipsies in the world live in Soroki. That’s how they tell about themselves. By the way, the local Gipsy Baron (Baron of all Moldavia) Arthur Cherar pretends to a title of a Gipsy King (chosen by ethnic minorities from different countries).

The main part of Soroki population are Moldavians living in the low part of the city at the bank of the Dniester, and higher, on the hill is a Gipsy city called “Jingling mountain”: in autumn and spring here wedding tambourines often jingle…

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Here works the rule “the lower – the more expensive”. It is told about the land on which newer and newer Gipsy mansions are being built. They say that cost of a plot of land may reach incredible amounts – 50 thousand dollars for 1 m2!!!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The mansions they build have 3 or 4 storeys and are made in special Asian style with huge balconies, fanciful turrets, pyramidal superstructures…

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Not very impressive? But can you imagine that some of the mansions already stood here in the 1980s? While party authorities were satisfied with 1 storey governmental summer cottages and rich bankers and businessmen were read about in magazine sections “Abroad”, here already stood a wonder city! At the Soviet time tourists had more interest in it than today.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Building process never ends in the houses of the Soroki Gipsies. But tax authorities know the reason well – according to the law no taxes are due from an incomplete house or they are pretty much lower.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Their weak spot is a never-ending desire to surpass a neighbour! That is why the construction competition never ends. Two bricks higher than he has!

One of them, for example, has a posh fountain with antique statues in which frogs and crocodiles live!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

It takes about three hours to see everything interesting here. And each time you’ll see something new. Here they have a mini-copy of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and a house looking like a 50 dollars note!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Walking here is absolutely safe, these Gipsies are rich and won’t be begging. They are rather hospitable and like their houses and families to be photographed. They can even let you enter a house looking for better angles…

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

However it’s ordinary people who live in such mansions.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Where do they get money to build them? Many people believe they are drug dealers. It cannot be affirmed for sure. But fortune-telling and begging are unquestionable. They still have such a sin – to steal a baby and make it a part of the begging business. The more miserable a kid looks the more he/she receives. Thus, beggars are usually dressed in rags and are often mutilated.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

In the time of the USSR Soroki became the Gipsy capital of the world. The most powerful Gipsies settled here. Today close Gipsy connections still exist and thus, a ruble given to a Gipsy kid somewhere in Vladivostok will be spent for construction of a new mansion here, in Soroki!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Many Gipsies leave for other cities for earnings and return several times a year. Nomadic ones mostly come here for Christmas and Easter. Didn’t you know? They are orthodox believers!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Here used to be a jewelry cooperative, the only one of such kind in the USSR. The cooperative belonged to Mircha Cherar, father of the current Baron. Mircha was a skillful businessman, he developed something that was in deficit. He also helped other Gipsies to open and promote their business. Thus, in the 90s they started production of underwear in Soroki…

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Right behind the fences all splendour vanishes being replaced by dirt and puddles.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

What a nice roof this house has!

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

New mansions being constructed.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

They say it’s Baron who is building them for his son and daughter.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Moldavian part of Soroki is seen in the lower part.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The family of the Baron! Unfortunately there are no photos of their house here, but it’s the most beautiful in Soroki.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Gipsies do not understand people who do something for no particular reason. Everything must be done for profit.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Gipsy kids

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Dniester

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Interstate ferrying. Only citizens of Ukraine and Moldova can cross the border.

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Moldavian houses

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Coming down

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

The Gipsy Capital of the World?

Location: Soroki

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8 thoughts on “The Gipsy Capital of the World?”

  1. Mini castles = cool, having a crappy sidewalk = not cool, not having enough money to water your yard becasue you spent it all build your house = priceless.

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  2. Gypsies
    The Gypsies’ turn my head around from this point: that English Russia shows me the capital of them in Moldavia city of Sorokin. I knew their have had a King of Europe: but do not know was here. Their build many beautiful houses: and look like the same people of Gypsies, that a few thousands of years left India. Now some country like England: should help them to build the own country, to be like the Jews done by England. Both of them people have been around for thousands of years: Israel got the help in 1947 just about when the Second World War finish. The Jews mixed among themselves with thousands of Europeans: which give the chance for the Jews to increase the population. The gypsies came differently: real mo mix whatsoever with Europeans, only gypsies or maybe would Indians, which give a chance to be differently with Europeans. Now the Jews got a little smarter: the race real look like Europeans now, but they should be like Arabs, because the place of Israel which exist for thousands of years, have been in Palestine, which all should have the same type of skin .The Jews also have had lives like gypsies, but not great to in sales, but with masonry to help the Greeks building temples in Egypt and else were in Europe. What is life: I learn some and then tech some. 06/05/2012 By A.Oscar

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  3. Tacky! Now there’s Russian taste, and gypsy taste. Or should we say, tasteless. Those tacky houses made from all the money these dam gypsies steal from good countries. Again, never shake a gypsie’s hand. Your watch and jewelry will magically disappear.

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  4. The subtle racism of the owners of ER and the overt racism of some of the commentators makes me very sad for humanity.

    None of us are any better than any one else.

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    • I dunno… stereotypes are built for a reason. They are true most of the time! If you think even culturally someone raised as a child by a gypsie would have a lot of gypsie like tendences.

      Just as in the US if a white couple adopts a baby from Africa the black baby will emulate thier white parents. Just as if a US couple adopted a gypsie baby the kid would grow up not acting “like a gypsie” at all!

      I try to take each individual as a they come… but keep in the back of my mind their heritage and experience.

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