Corvinesti Castle (Castelul Corvinesti)

The most beautiful Gothic castle in the entire Transylvanian area is Corvinesti Castle, located in Hunedoara, at 18 km south of the city of Deva. Built in the 14th century by the Anjou family, the edifice was erected on the remains of a Roman camp.

It initially served military purposes, being more of a fortress than a castle, but this ended when Iancu of Hunedoara, the ruler of Transylvania, transformed the edifice into his dwelling. The structure was kept as such, but massive renovation work was initiated which would lead to changing the fortress completely, making it the most attractive castle in the region.

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The construction has been preserved in as much that tourists can admire the wonderful Gothic architecture. The castle consists of the lavishly decorated Knights’ Hall, a reception hall room, the Council Hall (where tourists can gaze on the paintings which illustrate the royal coats of arms), towers, a drawbridge, the tall walls, an interior courtyard which measure 100 ft., a chapel and 50 rooms which are beautifully adorned according to the medieval art décor.

History

Up until 1409, the castle was the property of King Sigismund of Hungary, but he then gave the edifice, together with other properties (40 villages situated in the same region), to Prince Voicu of Romania as a recompense for the military actions he was engaged in alongside the Hungarians. The castle was inherited by Iancu of Huneadoara, from his father Voicu, who later on subjected it to the transformations aforementioned.

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Legend

There is a legend according to which the apparition of the fountain located within the interior courtyard is explained. It is said that 3 Turkish people were held captive within the walls of the castle and that their masters told them that they could regain their freedom once they dug a well. But it was impossible to fulfill this task as they never seemed to reach water.

After 15 years of hard work, time in which they had managed to dig 30 m in the ground, water finally came through the strata. But their masters did not want to meet their end of the bargain and thus denied setting the Turks free.

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There is an inscription in close proximity of the fountain which reads as follows: “You may have water, but you have hardly any soul.” This is said to have been written by the Turks in response to the heartless treatment they were subjected to, not to mention to the fact that they were allowed to dream of their freedom, only to have their illusions crushed.

It is also said that Vlad the Impaler was incarcerated in a small cell located in the Knights’ Hall and that the time he spend locked inside the Corvinesti Castle (7 years) and the experiences he underwent as a prisoner here contributed to him losing his minds. This story is actually used to further develop the Myth of Count Dracula, emphasizing that the horrible fate he had while imprisoned led to the development of his sadistic methods of torturing people.

Tourist attraction

Corvinesti Castle is an important tourist attraction, not solely due to the stories that revolve around it, but also due to the imposing structure, with its pointing towers, and the artistic design conveyed to the castle.

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Visiting hours:

1. May – August:

Monday from 9:00 to 15:00;

Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00.

 

2. March – April:

Monday from 9:00 to 15:00;

Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00.

 

3. September – February:

Monday from 9:00 to 15:00;

Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 to 14:00.

You will have to cover a fee in order to get access into the Corvinesti Castle.