stephan the great

A symbol of Chisinau: The Monument of Stefan cel Mare

The monument was made in 1927 by sculptor A. Plamadeala and represents the spiritual heart of the center. The monument stands at the crossroads of Stefan Cel Mare Boulevard, Chisinau’s Main Street, and Mitropolit Banulescu-Bodoni. Stefan Cel Mare (Stefan the Great), the Ruler of Moldova between 1457 and 1504, proved that when threatened by enemies from all sides a country could remain independent and overcome the most difficult challenges. He led Moldovans in battle in 36 wars, winning all but two. One of the most famous victories was the battle against sultan Mehmet II in 1457, near Podul Inalt in the Moldovan province of Romania, when STEFAN eel MARE defeated an army of 120,000 with only 40,000 soldiers. The Russian historian N. Karamzin described him thusly: “fearless before danger, strong in suffering, he amazed kings and kingdoms, achieving great results with small resources…” The historian Grigore Ureche compared him to “a lion ready to attack - nobody could tame him.” After hearing of his conquest of the Turks, the l Pope called him “protector of ’ Christianity.” The monument has traveled far and wide over the past century, in many ways mirroring the nation’s history. 11 was relocated to Romania several times to protect it from invading Russian forces. After its return to Chisinau, it was long relegated to a place of obscurity within the park. In I991, it was moved to its current and original location, taking pride of place from the statue of Lenin that had stood in front of the Government building (Lenin can now be found near Moldexpo, if you care to look that far). In September, wedding month in Moldova, the base of the statue is buried in flowers, placed there by couples on their wedding day.


Oh no! Don’t prick your finger on the spindle of that spinning wheel or you’ll die!

… Only that’s not a spindle, that’s a distaff, used to keep the unspun fiber organized… and they are almost never sharp, because there is no conceivable reason for them to be so… and for all my recent research (since I have to illustrate a spinning wheel for a friend’s book cover) there is no reason for any kind of spindle (even a drop spindle like in the original fairytale) to be sharp enough to enable finger pricks, accidental or otherwise…

Was Maleficent (Carabosse) drunk when she cast that spell? At the very least we can presume she has never spun in her whole damn life, so she had to contrive a pointy needle somewhere onto the spinning wheel on a location that was not so idiot-proof as to make it work. In the movie she had to hypnotize her to boot, and even when commanded to “touch the spindle” she touches the distaff, because there’s no way that shit’s going down on accident.

Know who else never spun in the Disney movie? King Stephan. Was that your great grandfather’s spinning wheel? Into the fire it goes! Because your royalty, Disney, and the queen of all evil, are all too high and mighty to even bother to take a second and talk to the people who make their textiles and learn how a spinning wheel fucking works. Otherwise:

Maleficent: She will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and DIE!

[Well learned!] King Stephan: On a spindle you say?

Maleficent: YES! MUHAHAHA!

[Well learned!] King Stephan: … On a spinning wheel?

Maleficent: … Yes…

[Well learned!] King Stephan: …Aaaaalright then. Merryweather, your turn.

♫ One gift, of international diplomacy skills ♫


You guys know who’s awesome and usually forgotten? Stephan freaking the Great. Also known as Ștefan cel Mare. You know why he’s so awesome? Cause he won 46 out of his 48 battles, and totally held back the Ottoman Empire. And you know why he’s even more awesome? He’s still remembered and very respected in the country that he ruled in the second half of the 15th century.
But no one outside of Moldova remembers him, everyone only pays attention to one of his relatives, Vlad the Third aka Vlad the Impaler.
And that makes me mad.