About two kilometers from the beautiful Putna Monastery is the cave of Saint Daniil Sihastru, who is said to have lived here more or less as a hermit for almost 20 years. With a hammer, chisel and painstaking work, the saint carved a chapel there in the rock. Today, the vestibule, the nave and the altar can still be seen from his painstaking work. In a room below, the saint is said to have lived after the day’s work.
The saint was already asked during his lifetime for advice on various problems. According to tradition, even the future king of Moldavia Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare) found shelter from the murderer of his father at the saint. However, St. Daniil Sihastrul is still one of the most popular saints in Romania. The cave of St. Daniil Sihastrul is therefore an important pilgrimage destination for Orthodox Christians throughout Romania. Every year thousands of pilgrims come to pray or meditate in the cave. But tourists also visit the cave and feel this very special atmosphere of this place that you should have seen. So, when you visit Putna Monastery, make a detour to the cave of St. Daniil Sihastrul. It should also be mentioned that the artisan village of Marginea is also located nearby.
Cave of St. Daniil Sihastrul (Pestera Sfantului Daniil Sihastrul)
Location: Comuna Putna, sat Putna, nr. 310, Judetul Suceava
Coordinates: 47.86517690850434, 25.61804942512698