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About Putna Monastery

The Putna Monastery (Manastirea Putna) 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 Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare), ruler of Moldavia (1457 - 1504). Stephen the Great is famous for building and influencing the buildings of dozens of churches and monasteries all over Moldavia (allegedly, he founded a religious edifice after each important military victory).

The 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.

Besides the fact that here is the tomb of ruler Stephen the Great, it is noteworthy that in the monastery court there is the oldest wooden church in Romania, founded in 1346, in the village of Volovat by ruler Dragos Voda. The wooden church was moved after 122 years, in Putna locality by the ruler Stephan the Great.

Right after Stephen the Great won the battle in which he conquered the Kilia citadel, he began to 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 build) 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.

Putna was completed in three years, but was consecrated only after one more year passed, given that the Moldavians engaged in other battles. On September 3, 1470, during a ceremony attended by Stephen and all his family, the monastery was consecrated, and subsequently became the most important religious site in the area.

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Address: Putna, Suceava, Romania

Opening hours: Daily

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