The Rajon located in the center of the country on the river Reut. It borders on the Rajons Calarasi, Criuleni, Rezina, Străşeni and Teleneşti and to the breakaway region of Transnistria.
The Orhei Raion has existed since 2003. Until February 2003, the area belonged to the larger and now defunct district Orhei ( Judeţul Orhei ).
1959 103 809 inhabitants lived in what is now Rajons. Up to 131 471 126 204 of about 129 406 in 1970 in 1979 in 1989 until 2004, as in all of Moldova decreased the population of the Rajons that was in that year 116 271 In the following decades, the population steadily increased. .
According to the 2004 census put the Moldovans with 86.4% of the proportionally largest ethnic group in Orhei Raion, followed by the Romanians, at 7.1 %, Ukrainians 3.9%, and the Russians with 1.9%. Smaller minorities form the Gagauz and Bulgarians, each with 0.1%.
Culture and sights
The Archaeological Museum Orheiul Vechi with the comprehensive several dozen hectares site of the medieval city of Old Orhei ( Orheiul Vechi ) is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Moldova.
In the village Ivancea was under the auspices of the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History Museum, was established complex with a collection of Moldovan craftsmanship, which however has been closed due to funding problems. In the birthplace of the mythical poet and translator Alexandru Donici (1806-1865) in the village Donici is housed since 1976 a museum.
The monastery Curchi in the municipality of Vatici with a Neo-Byzantine and neo-classical church is a significant monument of the 18th and 19th centuries.