Here, on CÂMPUL PÂINII, on October 13th 1479, an army led by Transylvanian voivode Stefan Báthory, Serbian despot Vuk Brankovic, former Wallachian ruler Basarab The Old, and general Pavel Chinezul defeated a large Ottoman army led by bey Ali Kodsa. The latter was also supported by a Wallachian contingent led by the actual ruler of Wallachia, Basarab Țepeluș.
The hero of the battle was Pavel Chinezul, (Kiniszi Pal), one of the greatest warriors of that time, known for his unusual strength. He arrived on the battlefield in a critical moment, when all odds seemed to be in favor of the Ottomans crushing the Christian army. Coming from Romosului Forest, he attacked the Ottoman army from the flanks, dissipating it and causing the Turks to flee. This battle also gave birth to a legend saying that Pavel Chinezul danced a victory dance, with the dead body of a Turk in his teeth, and another two under his arms.
The battle of Câmpul Pâinii was considered a great victory for Christianity: for the first time since the Great Schism of 1054, Christian armies (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant) came together under one flag to fight the Ottoman Crescent, ensuring a long term peace on these lands.