Stephen III of Moldavia, commonly known as Stephen the Great, (Romanian: Ștefan cel Mare, pronounced [ˈʃtefan t͡ʃel ˈmare] or Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt, "Stephen the Great and Holy"; 1433 – July 2, 1504) was Prince of Principality of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504, and the most prominent representative of the House of Mușat.
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 Commemoration Day ("Ziua comemorării lui Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt") in Moldova, dedicated to the memory of Stephen the Great. It is what the special postmark below is reminding us, issued in Chișinău (MD-2012) on July 2, 2015. Read more..
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