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The Raut River is the largest tributary of the Nistru River and the third longest river in the Republic of Moldova. Its spring originates near the Rediu-Mare Village and flows after 286 km it flows into the Nistru River near Ustia Village. Near Orhei City the Raut River forms an amazing and beautiful path between some old Moldovan villages and old architectural vestiges from the Moldovan Middle Age.

Two or three centuries ago boats navigated along this water highway until reaching the Middle Age Fortress of Old Orhei. Unfortunately soviet style water and agricultural management and practices prevent further navigation along the Raut River.