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The statue of Michael the Brave

Michael the Brave (1593-1601) was the Romanian voivode who achieved for the first time the political union of the principalities of Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. The last moments of the ruler’s life are related to Cluj, he was assassinated at Câmpia Turzii.

The statuary group of the ruler represented in equestrian aspect was made by the sculptor Marius Butănoiu and is located in the central square of Cluj-Napoca named after the voivode. The monument is decorated with bas-reliefs that represent important moments related to the achievement of the Romanian principalities political union and with a heraldic representation of the new state, the three coats of arms reunited in a single coat of arms. On the pedestal is written the text “Michael the Brave -1593-1601, Lord of Wallachia, Transylvania and the whole Country of Moldova”.