The investigation is made in a historical, geographical and religious context, it detects differences and corrects errors that appeared over time. After two centuries since the founding of the Diocese of Chișinău there is no clear evidence that its founder, Gavriil Bănulescu (Bodoni), was a Romanian. The conclusion we proposed is the possibility that Gavriil might be of Little Russian origin, from Galicia situated on the border with Transylvania and Bukovina. In Galicia there are two rivers called „Bystrytsya”, which merge into one behind the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk and fl ow into the Dniester, so that the confusion with the Bistrița River in Transylvania is possible. Another argument is the fact that the Callimachi family, with which Gavriil claimed to be related, originates from Dovgopillya on the Cheremosh River. Those who wished to complete Gavriil’s post-mortem biography have confused the Bistrița in Transylvania with the Bystrytsya in Galicia. The family name should be just Bodoni, as his contemporaries mentioned it. In assessing the life and work of Gavriil is no longer necessary to accumulate historiographical ballast, and the activities for nationalist „recovery” is harmful.
Removing and censoring books in communist Romania: Ion Ionescu de la Brad’s case
Tyragetia, serie nouă, vol. XIII [XXVIII], nr. 2, Istorie. Muzeologie
About bells and bellmakers in Moldavia (before 1859)
Tyragetia, serie nouă, vol. IX [XXIV], nr. 2, Istorie. Muzeologie Chișinău, 2015