Bran Castle and the legend of Count Dracula

30 June, 2014 0 Comments

Bran Castle

If we talk about Romania is inevitable to think about Dracula, created in 1897 by Irish writer Bram Stoker, which remains a leading figure of the horror film. The character of Count Dracula was inspired by the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, known as “the impaler”. He was called “the impaler” for impaling his enemies at the gates of the castle to demonstrate his power and to warn future attackers of his harshness.

Bran Castle is famous for being the place of residence of Vlad Tepes precisely. This castle, built in 1378, is located between the Bucegi mountains and Piatra Craiului, near Brasov. Today this castle is a place of pilgrimage in Romania for tourists and lovers of the most famous vampire of all time. By the way, in one of the secret passages to the attic there is a sarcophagus. According to legend, in this sarcophagus slept Vlad Tepes.

Vlad Tepes

Bran Castle is part of a complex of citadels of border. In fact, it was a defensive tower erected on a rock 200 meters high, which became a fortress impregnable to the enemy. Formerly it was also a strategic location to control the commercial traffic, given the situation of connection between Transylvania and the province of Wallachia.

The castle has four floors, 60 rooms and numerous underground passageways. Built with the typical architecture of the medieval times, its defensive wall of brick and limestone gross is impressive. In the interior of the castle are ancient instruments of torture.

Bran Castle inside

At present this fortress works as a Museum of History and Feudal Art. Armour, ceramic pieces and weapons from between the fifteenth century and the nineteenth century are part of the special collection of this interesting museum.

If you are interested in its fascinating history, you can extend this information in the official website of the Bran Castle.

Photos 1, 3: viajeaeuropadeleste.com

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