Along the history it is said that Negru Vodă employed Meşterul Manole or Manoli as an architect. Due to some failures that he met among the process of construction, the prince threatened him and his assistants with death. At last, Manole suggested that they should follow the ancient custom of placing a living woman into the foundations; and that she who first appeared on the following morning should be the victim.
Now the sad part is that despite the fact that he prayed to God to not let his wife come first, and even though He accepted and responded to his prayers by making a terrible weather, the love of the woman who was also carrying his child within her, was so abundant that she got through all the storms and nature disasters that she met on her way, just to arrive to her husband. In the end, he was forced to sacrifice her and his child’s life. Eventually, the monastery was successfully built.
Right after they finished, they were asked by the prince if they could build another monastery more grandiose than this one. Their mistake was to answer affirmatively. As a consequence, they were left stranded on the roof so that they could not build something to match it. They fashioned wooden wings and tried to fly off the roof, but one by one they all fell to the ground.
A spring of clear water, named after Manole, is said to mark the spot where he fell, as to mark where Ana’s built, there is a red spot on the walls of the church.