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Putna Monastery, Putna

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The Putna monastery is a Romanian Orthodox monastery, one of the most important cultural, religious and artistic centers established in medieval Moldavia; as with many others, it was built and dedicated by Prince Stephen the Great. Putna was founded on the lands perambulated by the Putna . Stephen the Great is famous for building and influencing the building of dozens of churches and monasteries all over Moldavia . The Putna Monastery houses the tombs of Stephen —nowadays, a place of pilgrimage —, and several of his family members. The icon veils and tombstones are held as fine examples of Moldavian art in Stephen the Great’s time.HistoryRight after Stephen the Great won the battle in which he conquered the Kilia citadel, he began work on the monastery as a means to give thanks to God, on July 10, 1466 - the church was to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Previous eremitic life (on the place the monastery was built) was proven by humans buried deep under the foundation of the oldest buildings from Stephen the Great. A chronicle of the time mentions that Stephen bought the Vicovu de Sus village in exchange for 200 zlots, and awarded the land and revenue to the treasury of the monastery.
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  • It's a modern monastery although it is build for such many years. It is very adapted to the contemporaneity. There are more thumbs inside the church. Is necessary to be seen one in a life time, if you...  more »
  • We have spent the night in the village, and tried to visit in the morning. Be aware that there might be church service in the morning, probably up to around 10am.  more »
  • The monastery hosts the tomb of Stephan the Great, famous Moldavian leader. It is situated in a beautiful area of hills and forests  more »