Manole, as he stood on the roof, called out boastfully that this work was only an apprenticeship and that the next monastery he built would be far more beautiful. The Prince feared that someone else would order a monastery and that Manole would build it more beautifully. Prince Basarab decided that this triumph was to be the last one of Manole's career.

While the men were high up on the building putting finishing touches to the roof, they noticed that the soldiers who had accompanied the Prince were taking away the ladders and the scaffolds.