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Bust of Mihai Viteazul (1558-1601), also known as Michael the Brave, in the Palace of the People. Mihai was a successful military leader, defeating the Turks on many occasions. He was Prince of Wallachia (1593–1601), and briefly Prince of Moldavia (1600) and de facto ruler of Transylvania (1599–1600). Considered one of Romania’s greatest national heroes, his short-lived unification of the three principalities is seen as a precursor to the complete unification of Romania that did not occur until the 20th century.