Corvin Castle is also known as Hunyadi Castle. It is located in the province of Hunedoara and is often referred to by many as “one of the Seven Wonders of Romania”. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and an important part of history for Romania. Corvin Castle is the largest medieval castle in Transylvania and surpasses even the mysterious Bran Castle and Royal Peles Castle. It is named after King John Honiadi of Hungary and his son Matthias Corvinus between 1458 and 1490
History of Corvin Castle
In the middle of the 15th century, John Hunyadi, the highest-ranking official in Transylvania, began orders to build Corvin Castle on the structural ruins of a warehouse built by Charles I. The ruins of the fort gave a solid foundation to the nearby fort and the construction work went smoothly. The palace is divided into three main sections. They include the nightclub, dining room, and round stairs. The Knights Hall, with its rectangular and round towers used as a prison and fortress, is a more attractive area. Corvin Castle’s antiquity lasted until the death of John Hunyadi in 1456.
After his death the maintenance and construction stagnated and the glory of the palace began to fade. By 1480 work on the castle had come to a complete halt, but construction was so marvelous that Corvin Castle became one of the most impressive structures in Eastern Europe. It took more than 100 years for people to become more interested in this forgotten landmark. Reconstruction began in the 17th century. However, the workers who restored the castle did not know what it would look like, and so they relied on their own ideas on how it could be a masterpiece of the Gothic Renaissance.
The result? A fairytale castle is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Romania. Experts believe that the modern look we see now is more elegant and beautiful than its original appearance. One of the must-see features inside Corvin Castle is the turning of a 100-foot-deep well into rock. According to legend, three Turkish prisoners dug a well and promised to release them if they reached the water. It is said that after 15 years and 28 days the water was finally received, but the captors refused to release the Turkish prisoners. The inscription on the adjoining walls reads, “You have water, but not a spirit.”
Another common legend is that Vlad III or Vlad Dracula was enslaved here by John Hunyadi. His captivity in Corvin Castle eventually led to his madness and cruel ways. That is, to send the enemy to bleed and to drink the blood of the enemy. Although largely a legend, this did not prevent some from associating with Corvin Castle, Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, and the bloodthirsty vampire. However, Bran Castle is still known as Dracula’s Castle. Because of such legends, some believe that Corvin Castle was haunted. Mysterious tests were performed inside and the results were uncertain. Whether mysterious or not, a large number of tourists will not stop at this beautiful medieval castle.