About the architectural value of Dragomirna it is useless to keep on talking, it is obvious. Anastasia Crimca showed his whole personality through this unique work, an expression of its founder and creator.
Besides the care he had for the salvation of the believers’ souls and for the adornement of the churches, he Bishop Anastasie Crimca also took care of the ones that were ill. Following the example given by Saint Vasile the Great, who built the Vasiliades, Crimca builds in Suceava a hospital, thus become the founder of the first public hospital in our country.
Anastasie Crimca accomplished many diplomatical missions, he supported several rulers of the time in their attempt of eliberating the country from under the Otoman power and involved himself in the political and social aspects of life in Moldavia. As Great Bishop of Moldavia, he built at the Monastery Saint Jonhn the New a winter beadle, because his soul burned ceaselessly with love for God. At the celebration of the titular saint, when thousands of pilgrims came from Moldavia and Transilvania to pray at the Holy relics, Anastasie Crimca, together with the people prayed dearly, experiencing days of intense peace and tranquility, of brotherhood within Jesus between all orthodox Romanians, East or West from the Carpaţi Mountains. On their way back, the Romanians from Transilvania took over the mountains books rewritten by the monks, icons, crucifixes and other gifts that the good shepard offered the orthodox Romanians from Ardeal and Maramureş.
In 1621, the barbarians invaded Suceava. The Great Bishop took the Holy relics at night and tried to hide them in the mountains. But God, hearing the prayers of his servant and the tears of the people, through a miracle made the Holy relics unable to be carried away. Then, the Great Bishop held special services all night long and went round the fortress with the Relics of saint John the New, protector of Moldavia until the heretics left the land. Anastasie Crimca gave special attention to a nuns’ Monastery in Pătrăuţi, where he later buried his mother, Cristina.
After the year 1629, information regarding Crimca’s activity is scarcely found. We know that in 1629 he retires to Dragomirna, giving up his position as Great Bishop and soon after, in 1631, he dies.
Fair at face, peaceful, as he was all through his life, in the belful sound of the bells, Anastasie Crimca was buried in the Preaisle of the big church within the Dragomirna assembly, underneath a simple gravestone, as he was humble and devout. We can depict from the church’s manuscripts the noblest qualities belonging to this great hierarch of the Moldavian Church in the 17th century.
Nobleman, educated, artist, man of culture, sensitive not only to Traditional values, but also at the times he lived in, ideologue and politician, who did not hesitate to endanger his own life and his position for the good of others, founder of schools, innovator, Crimca first of all remains in the history of the Romanian people as a guide, “risking his life for his sheep”. Only this way could it be exaplained that, each time he is called for help, the Great Bishop Anastasie Crimca does not refuse to accept any request, whatsoever. Most of all us, the ones that can admire his work nowadays thank him for his protection and help.