The replica of St Stephen the Great’s crown was brought Tuesday evening at Putna Monastery.
The crown was previously blessed by Patriarch Daniel during a special service officiated at the St George Chapel of the Patriarchal Residence in Bucharest.
The crown replica was brought by train on the occasion of the re-opening of the Putna train station.
‘Putna is of national interest,’ Abbot Melchisedec Velnic said.
‘Here rests Stephen, the greatest Romanian ever. Here we find our inner selves. Here we learn how to think, how to reason, but also how to pray in Romanian,’ Abbot Melchisedec added August 14.
The crown was brought to Putna Monastery and placed on the tomb of Ruler Prince Saint Stephen the Great.
The crown was made in Bucharest in consultation with “reputed historians and specialists in heraldry and Romanian medieval art”.
The shape, proportions, and materials used to reconstruct the crown were chosen according to images from his lifetime in which St. Stephen appears crowned, including the Tetraevanghel Gospel of 1473, and Voroneţ votive painting from 1488. The crown was made in Bucharest in consultation with reputable historians and specialists in heraldry and medieval Romanian art.
Photo: Putna Monastery