When it comes to knowing a culture, their presence is everywhere: they served as strategic points, official residences and works of art.
Showing power, imposing respect, castles have played an important role in so many countries, including our Romania. Let us take for example the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara. A magnificent piece of gothic art with Renaissance elements, great fortress and, at the same time, a warm home for the noble families of Transylvania’s past.
This particular castle still attracts visitors with its magnificent towers, colored roofs, interior yard, drawbridge and plenty of chambers to delight the eye. Its most important owner was Iancu or Ioan de Hunedoara (John Hunyadi in English), a great Transylvanian military and political character in the 15th century.
Stories tell that it was the place where Vlad III of Wallachia (commonly known as Vlad the Impaler/Dracula) was held prisoner by Iancu for 7 years and later they came to an agreement and a political alliance. Another story talk about the castle yard that has a well 30 meters deep dug by twelve Turkish prisoners to whom liberty was promised if they reached water and after 15 years, when they completed the well, their captors did not keep their promise. And maybe the most famous legend about the castle has to do with the spirits reported to be haunting it, what made the British paranormal television program crew Most Haunted Live! spend 3 night in an investigation. Unfortunately, the results were inconclusive.
The good is that the castle was also turned into a museum and invites you to a special world, sharing its valuable patrimony and telling its beautiful story like a beloved grandparent would, to posterity.
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