Putna Monastery

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Putna Monastery, code SV-II-aA-05595. Named by the Romanian national poet, Mihai Eminescu, as “the Jerusalem of the Romanian people” is a monument of international importance located in the village of Putna (33 km away from Radauti and 64.3 km from Suceava).
Destined to be a royal necropolis by Stephen the Great (1457-1504), the church’s construction was initiated in 1466 and completed in 1469, the enclosure wall being made in 1481.
The current appearance of the church of the Putna monastery dates from the 17th century. Of trefoil plan, it preserves the components of the Moldavian churches of the 15th-16th centuries, with a closed porch (added before 1484), a tomb (the tomb room), a nave (with side apses) and an altar.
The most important pieces in the monastery museum are the Tetraevanghélion from Humor from 1473, illuminated and having a portrait of Stephen the Great, the tomb covering of Maria de Mangop, executed in 1477 and considered the oldest embroidered portrait in Moldavian art, a charm from 1488 of the skull of Saint Gennady, a cypress wood cross made in 1503, considered to be the oldest in Romania, etc.
Another element of attraction of the monastery for religious tourism is the “Mother of God with the Child” icon considered a miracle worker, brought, according to tradition, by Maria de Mangop in 1472.

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