This Sunday, the Armenian community of Romania will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Hagigadar Monastery in Suceava. His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will be in Romania to preside over the occasion. Some 3,000 pilgrims from Europe and the diaspora are expected to attend.
Suceava was the capital of Moldavia until 1564: a trading center with a large Armenian population and home to as many as seven Armenian churches. Hagigadar Monastery, built in 1512, is known for its miraculous power of granting wishes to believers, and remains a popular pilgrimage destination.