Our Jerusalem

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The Putna Monastery is one of the most important foundation of Stephen the Great. It was built between 1466-1469. Legend says that Stephen the Great, having once been defeated and wounded in battle and wandering around the country, at last reached the dwelling place of Daniil the Hermit, who gave him food and shelter. In the middle of the night, the hermit took Stephen by the hand and led him out of the cell, pointing towards a certain spot in the distance and asking him three times in a row whether he saw anything there. The third time, the voivode answered that he saw some lights, to which the hermit replied that those were not lights, but angels, and that the place is sacred. He added that, if he wanted to defeat his enemies, he should build a monastery on that very spot.

The same legend tells us that “The kind voivode Stephen, when he resolved to build Putna Monastery, shot an arrow from a mountain top which is not far from where the monastery stands today. And where the arrow landed, there the altar was built. He also had three country squires, the children’s bailiff and two pages shoot their arrows. So where the arrow of the children’s bailiff landed, there they made the gate, and where the arrow of one of the pages landed, the belfry was built.” The mountain from where the arrows were shot is named the “Crucisorul”, or the “Hill of the Cross”, and lies south-east of the monastery, on the opposite bank of the Putna brook.
Source of the legend: http://www.putna.ro/eng/Istoria-s2-eng.php

The graves of Stephen the Great and his family are inside the Church.
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The Putna Monastery was an outstanding cultural center known for its copyists and miniaturists during the XVth and XVIth centuries.
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The third and the fourth pictures are from inside where we can see the Orthodox characteristics.
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Note that my merit for this post is counted in minutes and perhaps the idea is mine, the photos are taken in 2006 by my best friend, Nicu. I’ll be more than pleased if one of the followers will have the opportunity to visit the Putna Monastery and so I’ll have real merit.

“Let’s make from Putna the Jerusalem of Romanian people and from Stephan’s grave, the altar of national awareness.”
Mihai Eminescu

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4 thoughts on “Our Jerusalem

  1. Great post, story and accompanying photographs, Dana: congratulations to you and Nicu and thank you for sharing with us such a beautiful monastery and its rich history!

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