Putna monastery was built in 1470 by prince Stephen the Great in Moldavia (Suceava county); the monastery serves as his resting place.
Stephen the Great fully acquired his surname after fighting relentlessly for half a century (from 1457 to 1504) to keep his small country away from the foreign occupation of a much bigger enemy – the Ottoman empire.
Stephen the Great was first cousin of Vlad Dracula, prince of Vallachia (the southern Romanian principality).
For more on the history of the Romanian principality of Moldavia under Stephen the Great click here.
One kilometer from Putna monastery you can find Daniil Sihastrul “Daniel the Hesychast” hermitage cave, where Daniel lived alone for 14 years. Daniil was a Romanian monk (later canonized as saint by the Romanian Church) to whom Stephen the Great turn for spiritual guidance after the Razboieni ottoman defeat ( the one of 2 defeats that Stephen suffered throughout his reign). Following Daniil’s prophecy, prince Stephen continued the fights and became victorious.
Putna monastery was built by Stephen the Great at Daniil’s advice.