Castles

     We visited 3 castles, Corvin's (Hunyad or Hunedoara, 1446), Bran (or Dracula's Castle, 1377 over a 1212 ruin), and   Peleș (1883).

      Corvin's Castle was the transformation of the tower keep by John Hunyadi, who became the regent-govenor of the Kingdom of Hungary. When the work stopped in 1480, it was said to be the biggest and most impressive buildings in Western Europe. Despite what tourists are told, there is no evidence that this was the site of Vlad III's (the Impaler) imprisonment although Vlad and Hunyadi did have an alliance.

      Bran Castle has no real connection to Vlad Dracul or Vlad the Impaler but has become known as Dracula's Castle because of the resemblance to the the castle mentioned in In 1920, it became the royal residence of the Kingdom of Romania and the home of Queen Marie. The castle and property were taken from the family during the Communist regime but later returned to the heirs in 2006 (but a lawsuit prevented them taking possession until 2009). It was opened to the public in 2009. 

       Peleș Castle was commissioned as a hunting and summer retreat for King Carol I. Opened in 1953 as a tourist attraction, it was closed between 1975 and 1990 during the Communist regime. Visits are by tour only and a photography fee is charged separately. 

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