The legend is about the Battle of Baia (a village which is situated at 9 km from Falticeni – The ex-capital of the medieval state ‘’Moldova’’) which took place in 1467 in the night of the 14th of December. The battle was between Stephen the Great and Matei Corvin. Corvin was injured in the battle and he was helped by a villager, his name was Harjap and they passed the mountains in ‘’Ardeal’’.The traitor was caught and locked in an old mine, from that day this mine was named “Groapa lui Harjap” (Harjap’s Hole); and the key which the mine was locked with is hidden under the “White Church”(the image above).
The myth is a fantastic story which tells us about the beliefs of ancient people, about the origin of the world, of the weather phenomena, about Gods and legendary heroes.
One of the most representative myth from our history is about Traian, The Emperor of Rome (98-117 b.c.) and Dochia, Decebal’s daughter the ruler of Dacia (the southern part of Romania). Traian fell in love with Dochia and he is tried to gain her heart. Dochia ran scared in the forest but Traian followed her and in the end he found her. Because Dochia didn’t wish to betray her people, she asked Zamolxis, the God, to save her by turning her into a stone. Even so, Traian, continued to love her. During his reign, Decebal had to run several wars with the Romans and in the year 101, Traianconquered Dacia, which became the territory of the Roman Empire for 172 years. Today, the peak of Mount Ceahlau, which is in the heart of Moldova is called Dochia, reminding of this legend.
Ecaterina Teodoriu was born in 1894 in Vadeni, on the outskirts of Targu Jiu. Immediately after Romania entered World War I, Ecaterina enrolled as a nurse, and after her brother died in a battle, she decided to join the front.
During the fighting, proving a lot of courage, Catherine was raised to the rank of second lieutenant by the decision of Queen Maria and received the command of an infantry squadron. Under her command, the soldiers were able to win important battles to defend the land. In March 2017 King Carol was decorated with the “Military Virtue” 2nd class for the bravery and devotion he showed on the battlefield.
In August 2017, during a fight on the Moldovan front, he was injured by two bullets and she died, at 17 years old, encouraging her soldiers. Her last words were: “Go forward, you are with me!”
Called ” The hero from Jiu ” Ecaterina Teodoroiu is the only example in Romania’s history, as a young woman with country love, with a rare sense of duty and unremitting courage, to fight to the supreme sacrifice for the ancestral land.
The legend says that Prince Negru Voda (Radu Negru) the founder of Wallachia, with nine great masters and Manole the tenth, were looking down Arges river for a place to build the most beautiful monastery. During construction, because the walls of the monastery would continuously crumble, the Prince threatened to kill Manole and his workers. Continue reading “THE LEGEND OF THE MASTER BUILDER MANOLE”
In 1538, when Moldova was ruled by Petru Rares, the Turks led by Suleiman the Magnificent attacked the fortress of Suceava. Petru Rares, betrayed by his boyars, went wandering over the mountains and his wife, Elena, took shelter in the caves and rocks from the top of Rarau Mountains, along with her son Stefanita and a part of her fortune. Continue reading “THE LEGEND OF THE LADY’S ROCKS FROM RARAU MOUNTAINS”