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Iacov Putneanul, ctitor al renaşterii Sucevei din veacul al XVIII-lea
Metropolitan Jacob of Putna and the 18th Century Revival of Suceava

Author(s): Alexandru Pînzar
Subject(s): History
Published by: Centrul de cercetare şi documentare ŞTEFAN CEL MARE
Keywords: diptychs; Metropolitan Jacob of Putna; Southern Danubian traders; St. Demetrius Church; Suceava

Summary/Abstract: The paper brings forth a new facet of the preoccupations of Metropolitan Jacob of Putna, namely a series of initiatives in connection with the Saint Demetrius princely church from the town of Suceava and the urban community there. The diptychs of the church and the documents of the time show the metropolitan’s active concern for the situation of the town, through initiatives in which Metropolitan Jacob either substituted the prince, or notified him about the problems of the urban community, suggesting solutions, as well. These measures, raging from reconstructing the ruined churches and flocking the orthodox community around them, to encouraging the settlement of the Southern Danubian traders possessing great capital, which the locals lacked, make Metropolitan Jacob a preeminent figure in the economic and social revival of Suceava. Briefly considering other similar measures, the author outlines the Metropolitan’s outright interest for the practical aspect sought for by the Enlightenment rulers: the efficiency of the government, the key to understanding all of his initiatives.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 135-142
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian
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