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This medieval castle, a fine example of Gothic art in Romania, was deemed by Huffington Post as “one of the ten most fairy tale like constructions of this kind in the world”. We also included the castle in our list of best places to see in Transylvania - read the full article!
Corvin Castle was build in the 15th century by ruler Iancu de Hunedoara and has as symbol a raven (Latin, Corvus) with a golden ring in his beak.
This symbol is surrounded by mystery and legend - it is said that Iancu de Hunedoara was actually the illegitimate son of Sigismund of Luxemburg, king of Hungary and a beautiful local woman named Elisabeth. To protect Elisabeth from shame, Sigismund offered her as husband one of his knights, together with a golden ring which she should pass on to her son, to be recognized by the king later on at court. After some time, during a visit at court, a raven stole the golden ring and the young Iancu hit the raven in the heart with an arrow and recovered the ring and since then, the raven with the golden ring became the symbol of the Hunedoara family.
Iancu de Hunedoara is also the one that stopped Turkish invaders at Belgrade on their quest through the Balkan to Europe, after having conquered Constantinolopes in 1456 - through a decision of the Vatican, the Catholic church rings the bells mid-day to honour this victory.
Over the years, the castle has suffered various alterations ordered by each of its rulers, by adding towers, designing new chambers and honorary rooms. Today, the castle has a total of 42 rooms, two terraces, two bridges and a constructed surface of 7000 m2.
The most representative rooms turned into museum are The Golden Room, The Rulers Room, The Knight’s Room, where the visitors can admire archaeological end ethnographic collections, decorative art and old books.
Similar to other castles in Romania, Corvin Castle also has a link to the famous Vlad the Impaler, the ruler that inspired Bram Stoker for his famous novel Dracula - while not proved, it is said that Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned in the castle’s dungeons for a very long time, a period which made him insane and led to him becoming the fierce ruler who would punish his enemies by impaling them.
Apart from a walk over the castle’s drawbridge and exploring the insides, visitors can also experience the European Film Festival or the Opera Nights housed by the castle during summer.
Find more info about visiting the castle on its official website.
Nearest airport: Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Timisoara
Start from: Sibiu
Start from: Cioclovina Village, Cluj Napoca or Sibiu
Start from: Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Turda or Alba-Iulia