Transylvania is known as the heart of Romania and is one of the hidden gems of Europe because of its great medieval architecture, gorgeous castles, and breathtaking sceneries when you go hiking.
However, Transylvania remains to be known as the home of the ever famous Dracula. Specifically, it is believed that the Corvin Castle is where Vlad the Impaler, from whom Dracula was referenced, was held at the castle for seven long years.
The Corvin Castle. (Link: https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/assignments/best-photo-2016/submission/529522-corvin-castle/)
The History of Corvin Castle,
The Corvin Castle was constructed in 1446, which explains why the architecture closely resembles Gothic style. The castle is huge and remains to be one of the most well-preserved castles all over Transylvania.
Initially, the castle had three large areas known as the Knight’s Hall, the Diet Hall, and the circular stairway. The King’s Hall was used for feasts while the Diet Hall was used for different ceremonies or formal events. During the 17th century, the Large Palace was added to the structure. The Large Palace was two stories high and it had a living chamber and a large living area. Also, two towers were later constructed in order to serve military purposes. Thus, the Corvin Castle was not just used for luxury but it was also used for military strategies in order to defeat the enemies.
Inside the Corvin Castle today. (Link: https://romaniatourstore.com/blog/a-visit-to-the-corvin-castle-hunyadi-castle-in-transylvania/)
The Prisoners of Corvin Castle
The Corvin Castle was later used as a prisoner. There are two famous prisoners who were taken to the Corvin Castle and they are Gheorghe Doja and Vlad the Impaler.
Gheorghe Doja. (Link: https://www.banatulazi.ro/ziua-in-care-dumnezeu-si-a-luat-liber-executia-lui-gheorghe-doja/)
Gheorghe Doja was once the leader of a Rebellion in 1514. Before he was sentenced to death, he was imprisoned at the castle.
As for Vlad the Impaler, he was imprisoned at the Corvin Castle because he wrote letters to the Turkish sultan. Thus, Vlad the Impaler was considered as a traitor. Some historians believe that it was not Vlad the Impaler who wrote the letters but this certain Matei Corvin, who allegedly spend the money intended for the army to stop the Turkish invasion. Matei Corvin might have forged the letters to blame it on Vlad the Impaler.
Vlad the Impaler. (Link: https://myhero.com/pending64335)
Vlad the Impaler was a prince and reportedly went insane while waiting for the council to decide on his faith. Allegedly, he heard the screams of the people who were sentenced to death and were thrown to the “Pit of Scythes” or to the “Pit of lions.” Because food was scarce at that time since he was a prisoner, legends say that he drank the blood of rats just to survive. Later, he developed his lust for both death and blood hence the inspiration for the character Dracula was patterned from him. Dracula was first introduced in the book of Bram Stoker of the same moniker released in 1897. Dracula was given to the character because Vlad used to use the same name to sign his letters.
To this day, Vlad the Implaer reportedly haunts the Corvin Castle.
The Other Legends Surrounding Corvin Castle
Near the entrance of the church at the Corvin Castle, a visitor will see a fountain that was dug by stone by three Turkish prisoners. The prisoners were reportedly told by Iancu of Hunedoara that if the prisoners will be able to dig a hole to get some water, they would be set free. The prisoners dug for 10 years and they successfully found water. However, the three prisoners were beheaded and were not released. Many people claimed they have seen the souls of these three prisoners wandering around the fountain.
Another legend surrounding the Corvin Castle pertains to this monk named Ioan of Capistrano, from whom the Capistrano Tower was named after. According to the legend, the monk was spying on Capistrano in the Council Room and because that monk was caught, he was walled into the recess in the wall of the room. He then died slowly and he is said to be seen near the area by visitors and the staff.
Corvin Castle On TV and Movies
Back in 2007, the Corvin Castle was featured on “Most Haunted Live!,” a British paranormal television program. The staff stayed at the castle for three nights and although there were no paranormal activities, the clips were very creepy.
In 2013, the Corvin Castle was also featured on the show “Ghost Adventures.”
Just last year, the castle was used for the horror movie, “The Nun.”
What To Know Before You Go To The Corvin Castle
The castle is open every day from 10:30 A.M. through 8:30 P.M. on Mondays but for Tuesdays thru Sundays, it opens a bit earlier at 9:00 A.M.