• Valea Morilor Park

    Valea Morilor Park, Strada Grigore Alexandrescu, Chișinău, Moldova .

    Tranquil, leafy park on a lake, with walking paths, a theater, playground & small amusement park.

  • Shopping MallDova

    2R3R+R7, Chișinău, Moldova .


  • Stephen the Great Statue

    Monumentul lui Ștefan cel Mare, Chișinău, Moldova .

    Stephen the Great, also known as Stephen III of Moldavia, was a significant historical figure who ruled as the Voivode (Prince) of Moldavia from 1457 until his death in 1504. He is celebrated for his military prowess, strategic acumen, and efforts to maintain Moldavian independence against powerful adversaries. Here are some key aspects of his life and reign:

    Early Life and Ascension

    • Birth and Early Years: Stephen was born around 1433 to Bogdan II of Moldavia. After the assassination of his father in 1451, he spent several years in exile.
    • Ascension: Stephen ascended to the throne in April 1457 after defeating Petru Aron, the usurper who had killed his father. His reign was marked by efforts to consolidate power and secure Moldavia’s borders.

    Military Campaigns and Achievements

    • Defender of Christianity: Stephen the Great is particularly known for his role in defending Eastern Europe from the Ottoman Empire. He fought numerous battles against the Ottomans, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and other regional powers.
    • Battle of Vaslui (1475): One of his most famous victories was the Battle of Vaslui on January 10, 1475, where his forces decisively defeated a much larger Ottoman army. This victory earned him considerable fame and recognition, including praise from Pope Sixtus IV who called him “Athleta Christi” (Champion of Christ).
    • Defense and Diplomacy: Despite his military successes, Stephen also skillfully used diplomacy to navigate the complex political landscape of Eastern Europe. He sought alliances with various European powers to bolster Moldavia’s position.

    Domestic Policies and Legacy

    • Cultural Patronage: Stephen the Great was a patron of culture and religion. He founded and restored numerous churches and monasteries, many of which are considered architectural masterpieces and part of Romania’s cultural heritage today.
    • Administration: His reign was marked by efforts to strengthen central authority and improve administrative practices within Moldavia.
    • Legacy: Stephen the Great is remembered as a national hero in Romania and Moldova. His reign is seen as a golden age for Moldavia, and he is celebrated for his leadership, military skills, and dedication to his people and faith.

    Death and Canonization

    • Death: Stephen the Great died on July 2, 1504, and was buried at the Putna Monastery, one of the many religious sites he established.
    • Canonization: In 1992, he was canonized as a saint by the Romanian Orthodox Church, further solidifying his status as a revered figure in Romanian history.

    Stephen the Great’s reign was a pivotal period in the history of Moldavia, marked by resistance against foreign domination, cultural flourishing, and significant contributions to the stability and development of his principality.