Statue of Stephen III of Moldavia (Stefan cel Mare or Stephen the Great) 1433 – 1504. During his reign, he strengthened Moldavia and maintained its independence against Hungary, Poland, and the Ottoman Empire. Stephen achieved fame in Europe for his long resistance against the Ottomans. He was victorious in 46 of his 48 battles, and was one of the first to gain a decisive victory over the Ottomans at the Battle of Vaslui.
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