The Hunyadi Castle from Hunedoara

The Hunyadi Castle from Hunedoara is an important place to visit if you come to Transylvania. This castle treasures in its forcible walls so many legends, myths and its stones hide so much history for each path chosen.  The placement is a relic of the Hunyadi dynasty, being offered in 1409 to John Hunyadi’s father, Voyk, by Sigismund, king of Hungary, as severance.

The castle was restored between 1446 and 1453 by his son John Hunyadi. It was built mainly in Gothic style, but also has impetuous Renaissance architectural elements. It features tall and strong defense towers, an interior yard and a drawbridge. Built over the site of an older fortification and on a rock above the small river Zlaşti, the castle is a large and imposing building with tall and diversely colored roofs, towers, myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone carvings.

It is believed that the Hunyadi Castle from Hunedoara  is the place where Vlad III of Wallachia (commonly known as Vlad the Impaler) was held prisoner for 7 years after he was deposed in 1462. Near a 15th-century chapel in the castle is a well 30 meters deep. The legend says that this fountain was dug by twelve Turkish prisoners to whom liberty was promised if they reached water. After 15 years they completed the well, but their captors did not keep their promise. It is said that the inscription on a wall of the well means “you have water, but not soul”. Specialists, however, have translated the inscription as “he who wrote this inscription is Hasan, who lives as slave of the giaours, in the fortress near the church”.

In February 2007, the Hunyadi Castle played host to the British paranormal television program “Most Haunted Live!” for a three-night live investigation into the spirits reported to be haunting the castle. Nobody was able to detect exactly what is happening for centuries in this castle.

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