The impressive Bran Castle can be found on the border Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania. Dracula’s castle often grabs curiosity and is admired.
Near the city of Brasov and close to the village of Bran, as it can be seen rising over the Bran Gorge, it demands our attention.
In 1377, the fortress was initially documented, when the right to create the citadel was given to the Saxons of Brasov, which in Germany is known as Kronstadt by Louis I of Hungary.
Initially, the castle’s purpose from 1438 to 1442 was to defend against the Ottoman incursion. Originally the castle was owned by the Hungarian kings.
But because they were unable to make payments on a load, in 1533, the City of Brasov repossessed it and it would then go on to become the royal residence for the Kingdom of Romania in 1920.
Because of the location of Bran Castle, its dramatic architecture, and its connection to Vlad III Dracula and his connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Romanian government decided to market the castle as the “real Dracula Castle.”
It would attract tourists and diversify Romania’s economy while giving the country exposure to make it well-known to the Western World.
The castle, now a museum, has been widely visited and respected both for aiding the economy of Romania and bringing more light to the legend of Vlad III Dracula.
Here are some of the facts and features of the ancient castle.
The entrance to the castle sits above a large stone staircase.
A Wallachian ruler, known as Vlad Tepes, who was famous for impaling his enemies, and was also the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula which would go on to be released in 1992.
While it is marketed as “Dracula’s Castle,” in actuality, Tepes would only be in the castle’s holding for two months.
However, the Bran George was used by him while he traversed through the mountains.
The castle was gifted to Queen Marie, wife of Ferdinand, by the citizens of Brasov.
Queen Marie stuffed the grand rooms and sweeping halls with the finest updated hearths, sculpted cabinetry, dazzling artwork.
Marie would fill the imposing halls with laughter and kindness until she died in 1938.
On October, 1914, King Ferdinand was made the ruler of Romania and would continue to rule over Romania until 1927 when he died.
Most of his time was spent between Bran Castle and Peles Castle.
The communist regime would later seize the castle in 1948, expelling the royals.
In 1989, communism fell, but it wouldn’t be until 2005 that the royal family would see the castle returned.
It’s been rumored to be for sale as of 2009.
Queen Marie’s apartment was made up of a bathroom, bedroom, a hall, a dressing room, two salons, and a dining area.
She accrued many sets of statues, china, books, and icons.