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Hunyad medieval castle Hunedoara aerial Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

1966 card

1966 postcard

     Hunyad castle, also known as Corvin castle. Romanian: Castelul Huniazilor sau Castelul Corvinilor. The medieval castle was a military fortified structure used for defense against the Ottomans.

The castle was built in 1446 by Ioan de Hunedoara (Johannes de Hunyad) on land donated to his family by the King of Hungary in 1409, on the foundation of the Hunedoara fortress.

Born into the Corvin family – Romanian nobility of Hunedoara, Ioan joined the Hungarian military in exchange for political privileges and became voivode of Transylvania and regent-governor of the Kingdom of Hungary. Ioan de Hunedoara was a leading political and military figure in the fight against the Ottoman empire.

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

The castle was owned by Ioan’s direct descendants up until 1506, when a Corvin widow remarried George of Brandenburg. Following political turmoil, the castle fell in the hands of various owners, without a continuity. 

Modern legend says that Vlad Dracula was held prisoner in the castle, however this fact is not proven by historic data.

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Hunedoara night Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad castle Corvin Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Castelul Huniazilor Corvinilor Hunedoara Hunyad Corvin castle Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle chapel Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle stairs Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle room Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

The idea of Vlad imprisoned here is inspired by the existence of torture chambers within the castle. The chambers used various torture devices imported from the West during the Inquisition by medieval Catholic societies, Hungary included.

The legend of Vlad Dracula imprisoned here is inspired by the existence of torture chambers within the castle, where he was said to have been held captive. The chambers used various torture devices imported from the West during the Inquisition by medieval Catholic societies, Hungary included.

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Romania Transylvania

 

Castelul Huniazilor Hunedoara Hunyad Corvin castle Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Romania Transylvania

 

Castelul Corvinilor din judetul Hunedoara

 

Castelul Huniazilor Hunedoara Hunyad Corvin castle Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad castle Hunedoara Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad Corvin medieval castle Romania Transylvania

 

Hunyad medieval castle Corvin Romania Transylvania

 

XIX century sketch

XIX century sketch