Putna Monastery

 The jewel of Moldavia

The Putna monastery is 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.

Stephen the Great is famous for building and influencing the building of dozens of churches and monasteries all over Moldavia (allegedly, he founded a religious edifice after each important military victory). 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.