Some chronicles of that time, say that the edifice was built after winning an important battle. It is said that he had built a religious edifice after each important victory. Putna is a church of impressive dimensions, and one of the most important religious centers of medieval Moldavia.The way that this particular place was chosen, it is quite fascinating. Stefan the Great used a bow and an arrow to shoot and the place where the arrow got stuck was where the monastery was built. Only three years after the construction was finished, it burned down in a fire, but it was immediately restored.
It was unusually big for those times, but he built it like this because he wanted it to be the place where him, his family and successors will be buried. And that is exactly how it was. The grave of Stefan the Great can be found inside the monastery, as well as the graves of some family members. It has become a place of pilgrimage.
For the last 500 years, Putna remains an important spiritual landmark. Not just because of it's beauty, but because of Stefan the Great, the most loved leader that the Romanians had. During his reign, he had won 34 wars out of 36, and built over 30 monasteries and churches.
Putna, Suceava, Romania
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