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The Neamţ Stronghold from Neamț County

12 January 2018 No Comment

 

The Neamţ Stronghold

 

 

 

A watchtower over the Neamţ River valley, built under Petru I Muşat, the voivode whose main interest was to resist the Ottoman invasions. During the first stage of the stronghold, a central fort was built protected by 12m-high and 2-3m-thickwalls. There was also a fountain in the centre of the premises. Later on, Ştefan cel Mare extended and consolidated the entire fortification by adding a new belt of walls and four semi-circular defence tours. He also commissioned the increase of the wall height, the defence moat, the arch bridge, and many interior constructions, e.g. a chapel, etc.

Important pages of heroic deeds were written here such as the eight-day resistance to the furious Ottoman siege personally led by the feared Sultan Mohamed II himself, after the Battle at Războieni (1476) or the glorious episode, written by the nineteen border guards in their own blood, against the Polish army led by Jan Sobieski, in 1691. Stronghold Day: 2 July, the day of the Holy Voivode Ştefan cel Mare.

 

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