The Secrets of Bran Castle, Dracula’s Castle
Bran Castle has a history spanning more than 6 centuries, but everyone knows it as Dracula’s Castle. Over the ages, the legends have been much more powerful than history itself and thousands of foreigners come every year to Bran, searching fro Dracula. .
Bran castle was built on an old wooden fort, at the expense of the local German Saxons. The base of this castle was put here by the Templar Knights in 1225, when a wooden structure was first built. In 1377, the German Saxons around Brasov asked permission from king Ludovic of Hungary to cosntruct, on their own time and money, a new fortress. This is how Bran Castle was born, which was used by Sigismund of Luxembourg, king and emperor on Hungary, as a strategic base, in 1935, when he forced out the local print Vlad Uzurpatorul. The castle remained a defense fortress for many centuries afterwards.
In 1920, the city council of Brasov donated the castle to Queen Mary of Romania, as gratitude for realizing the Great Unification with Transylvania, in 1918. The castle came in the property of the Romanian state in 1948 and was almost entirely abandoned during the communist days. It was finally renovated in the ’90s. In the year 2000, Bran was reclaimed by Dominic of Habsburg the Archduke and it came in his possession in 2009. he was forced to renovated and refurnish it, as the state had moved from it all the collections it originally had.
How did the Americans find it as being Dracula’s Castle?
Bran got the title of Dracula’s Castle over more than 30 years ago. They say that a group of American tourists came in search of Dracula after watching the movies made after the famous Bram Stoker novel. This is how the castle got it’s name, even though Vlad the Impaler never set foot inside it.
Vlad the Impaler, hostage at Bran Castle?
Some historians claim that Vlad the Impaler (Tepes) was supposedly held hostage for 2 months in Bran Castle, but this fact was never confirmed by the inscriptions of the period. The terrifying print passed many times through Bran and it is said that he severely punished the merchants from the are, for they proved to be very hostile. The inscriptions of the period also state that the merchants tried to get their revenge. But Vlad’s link to Brasov is a totally different one. The print was in love, for more than 2 decades, with a Saxon woman from the Schei neighborhood of Brasov, for whom he actually wanted to divorce his wife. They had 5 children.
It’s one of the most expensive properties of the world
The Dracula myth has transformed Bran Castle into a world wide tourist attraction. It’s price also came up considerably. Forbes ranked the famous castle as number 2 in the most expensive castles of the world. It has been evaluated it at 140 mil USD and it turned it into one of the most visited tourist attractions of the world and into a successful business.
The castle, haunted by ghosts?
The legends of Bran are many and everyone talks about ghosts and vampires. A team of the British Shadow Seekers came to Bran a few years ago to look for ghost. They came with special equipment, which could detect paranormal waves and wondered throughout the entire castle. At te end they said that they found the actual ghost of Vlad the Impaler: ” We asked him how did the people use to call him? He wrote back <<The Devil>>. We asked him if he has a message for us and he wrote <<LEAVE>>. He didn’t seem to happy we were there”, said another member of the team.
The representant of Bran Castle, Alexandru Priscu, accompanied the British team in the tunnel that links the royal residence to the old well, but they found no evidence of ghosts here.
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