On July 2, 1504, the Voivod Stefan the Great and Holy (1457-1504), or "Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt" in Romanian, died after 47 years of rule over the Principality of Moldavia. Stephen the Great is a national hero in Romania and Moldova, the symbol of the country's struggle for sovereignty over the centuries, having fight in particular against the Ottoman Empire. July 2 is today a day of remembrance in Moldova, dedicated to the memory of Stephen the Great. It is what the special postmark below to the right is reminding, issued in Chișinău on July 2, 2014. Read more..