Imagine yourself several centuries ago, when life in medieval Romania revolved around the next war or battle on the close horizon. The Corvin Castle in Hunedoara is one of those places that seem to rise from the depth of time, a magnificent link between the old legends and the historical truths. If it was not for the gloomy communist buildings around, one might even get carried away to the past, expecting mounted knights to appear over the bridge. The castle is built starting from the 15th century, upon an older, 14th century fortress. Each new transformation created the Gothic medieval jewel that awes travelers today, with its massive crenelated walls, strong towers, halls and cellars. The first sight of Corvins’ Castle is also the most lasting, with its massive silhouette rising atop a solitary cliff, with the long bridge crossing over the ravine below and with its strong towers breaching the sky. It is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful castles in the world, a fairytale destination in the heart of Romania.
One can almost imagine how these places would have looked filled with people in the ages before. Soldiers, merchants and peasants, were walking by their daily life… with days of feasts and days of struggle.
The castle is also known as Hunyade Castle (Castelul Huniazilor) and is located in the city of Hunedoara, in southwestern Transylvania. Throughout its history, the castle has witnessed decisive events that have shaped the past of this area. The most important historical name is that of the great leader John Hunyade or John Corvin (Iancu or Ioan of Hunedoara), whose family receives the castle and its domain from Sigismund of Luxembourg (king of Hungary). He became the voivode of Transylvania in 1441, as well as regent of Hungary several years later, successfully defeating the ottomans in several battles and dominating central Europe. In 1456, he leads the Christian armies against the Ottomans during the siege of Belgrade, achieving the greatest victory against the Ottomans to that moment. For this feat, the pope named John Hunyade as “the strongest unique champion of Christ”. He died of plague the same year, receiving universal praise even from his enemies. Corvin Castle was his stronghold, and his son Matei Corvin, the most glorious king of Hungary, continued the legacy and developed the castle further. Another important character was Gabriel Bethlen, who brought many late Renaissance transformations to the castle.
A visit of the castle starts with a walk along the wooden bridge passing over the deep valley and its small creek below. As one get closer, the overwhelming feeling of greatness becomes more intense, until the entry through the massive doors and catches a glimpse of the inner courtyard. Here, the tall, stone walls seem to close down on you, with halls and rooms surrounding the yard from all sides. The west part of the castle is known as the Large Palace, including two main structures. Probably the most impressive sight is the Knights Hall, a large hall divided by red marble columns, where large banquets and feasts were held. The Dieta Hall is equally large and was used to hold communal meetings, now including paintings and interesting architectural features. On the southern side of the courtyard, three levels form the Administration Palace, with several rooms were visitors can admire historical collections and exhibits. The small chapel was built in 1446 and preserves several original elements of architecture and old paintings.
One of the most striking features of the Corvin Castle is the towers, each with its own history and architecture. The Drummer’s Tower, Neboisa Tower, Mace Tower, Capistrano Tower, Deserted Tower, Eastern Gate Tower and Western Gate Tower are excellent examples of defensive medieval structures. Other interesting highlights of the castles that are worth visiting include the Matia Loggia, Maiden’s Hall, Hussar’s Court and others. On the eastern side of the courtyard, visitors can reach the ramparts with beautiful panoramas of the city. There is also a fountain with an extremely intriguing legend. It is supposed to have been dug up by two Ottoman prisoners over the course of many years. The legends surrounding this magical place tell the story of a fascinating destination, a place that seems alive, with its beating heart deep within its cold walls.
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