Monday, June 8, 2015
Bran Castle, Romania.
Cross outside main entrance to Vlad Tepes III castle, Bran, Transylvania, Romania.
A door under the mountain upon which sits Castle Bran, the home of Vlad Tepes, better known as Dracula.
Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes) was allied with Bran and Brasov during his first reign (1436 – 1442) and through the start of his next reign, after the Princes of Transylvania requested that he handle the anti-Ottoman resistance at the border. During his second reign (1456 – 1462), however, his army passed through Bran in early 1459 to attack Brasov, in order to settle a conflict between the Wallachia Voivode and the Saxons, who requested higher customs taxes and supported his opponent for the throne. Vlad the Impaler burned the city’s suburbs and murdered hundreds of Saxons from Transylvania, provoking the Saxon community to seek revenge by later mentioning in reports that the Voivode were a tyrant and extremely ruthless.
Bran castle is advertised as fictional Dracula the vampire castle, not as castle of the real voivode named Vlad III Draculea, or Vlad the Impaler. As some wrote its true that voivode (duke) Vlad the Impaler had the Poenari fort which also true is in ruins today, he also had 2 or 3 other forts, one of them also ruins at Bucharest, there is only the underground more or less intact. Vlad was founder of Bucharest, as city there, can see today a small monument and the ruins and underground of his previous fortress. Poenari is considered an important fortress, its in the Carpathians on the border of historic Wallachia and Transylvania on a high peek (that's the beauty of the place that you can see on one side Transylvania and on other Wallachia), near the river Arges that is also seen in some fictional movies.