Hunyad Castle (aka: "Corvinestilor Castle") Transylvania


Hunyad Castle, Transylvania, Romania

> Vlad Dracula was held prisoner here for years.
> It is the most imposing castle in Transylvania.
> It is more than 5 centuries old.

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Southwestern side of Transylvania, nearby the cities of Hunedoara and Deva, about an hour west from Alba Iulia.

About Hunyad Castle, Transylvania

It is believed to be the place where Vlad III of Wallachia (aka Vlad the Impaler, Dracula) was held prisoner for 7 years after he was deposed in 1462. Hunyad Castle (in Romanian "Castelul Huniazilor" or "Castelul Corvinestilor") is a castle in the Hunedoara area of Transylvania, that belonged until 1541 to the Kingdom of Hungary, and after that, to the Principality of Transylvania. The castle is a relic of the Hunyadi, an important Transylvanian dynasty.
Hunyad Castle was built mainly in Gothic style, but has 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 Zlasti, the castle is a large and imposing building with tall and diversely colored roofs, towers and myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone carvings. The Knights' Hall is the main great reception hall.
Johannes Hunyad was one of the most important leaders of 15th century Europe and he was the owner of the castle since 1419 to 1456. The leaders of Medieval Transylvania were often in the position of defending the gates to Vienna and Western Europe from the Ottoman attacks. The most crucial military campaign for Johannes was against the Sultan Muhammad II, the one that conquered Constantinopole; after the fight, the Sultan decided to abandon the offensive to the Western Europe.

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