Stephen the Great Ruler commemorated in Moldova
10:53 | 02.07.2022 Category: Political
Chisinau, 2 July /MOLDPRES/ - Moldova today marks the 518th anniversary of the passing away of Stephen the Great Ruler. More events in the memory of the great ruler, who reigned 47 years, the longest rule in the medieval age in the Romanian Principalities, are organized all over Moldova on this occasion.
Stephen III of Moldavia (born in 1438-1439, Borzești – dead on 2 July 1504, Suceava), called Stephen the Great, after his canonization by the Romanian Orthodox Church, was Ruler of Moldavia during 1457-1504.
According to historians, Stephen the Great is regarded as an outstanding personality in Romania’s history, endowed with good qualities of statesman, diplomat and military leader. During his rule, Moldavia reached the apogee of its state development, witnessing a long period of internal stability, economic prosperity and social peace.
The ruler waged 36 wars, of which two ones he lost and constructed 44 monasteries and churches both in Wallachia and Transylvania, as well as at the Holy Mount Athos. For these merits, the Romanian Orthodox Church canonized the ruler with the name Stephen the Great and Holy, in June 1992.
The ruler passed away on 2 July 1504 and was buried at the Putna Monastery.