The Legendary Dracula’s Castle In Romania And Its Reality
Romania is an incredibly great country to explore and bring back a bag full of adventures and memories with you. Though, there are countless monuments, castles, towns and art museums to visit in Romania, one place that gets the most attention is the Dracula castle in Romania. Dracula castle is actually the name given by people to the Bran Castle which fits the description of the castle that was described in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.
Of all the stories you have heard as a kid, the story of Dracula might be one of them. When anyone takes the name of Dracula, immediately the image of a white long face with long fangs, blood dripping from mouth materializes in front of you. This has been the image of Dracula in everyone’s mind ever since Bram Stoker got inspired by the tales of the Prince of Wallachia and gave it a supernatural twist. The castle in Bram Stoker’s story that was so vigorously painted with blood by Dracula’s deeds is an exaggeration of what everything was actually. This blog will tell you the story of Dracula and how Bran Castle got its reputation.
The Story Of Dracula Castle In Romania
There is a story, centuries old, distorted and manipulated over time, of Dracula and Bran Castle. We will now look at every aspect of that tale and see whether Dracula is really what he is shown everywhere and the truth about the Dracula Castle in Romania.
Rise of The Dreadful Figure
The stories of Dracula revolve around the prince of Wallachia, Vladislav or Vlad III. He was born in Sighisoara Fortress in Romania in December 1431. That was a time when the Ottoman and Muslim Empires were rapidly advancing and capturing European regions. A crusade or order was created half a century ago to protect the people of Transylvania and Wallachia region and also to protect the interests of Christianity as the Turks were advancing and capturing those lands to turn them into their own empire. This order was called the ‘Order of The Dragon’. Seeing the threat to the existence of their people, the Governor of Transylvania and father of Vlad, Vlad II was also inducted into this society. People began calling Vlad II as Vlad Dracul. The Romanians associated dragon with the devil. And so later, Vlad III adopted the name Vlad Dracula. In a diminutive meaning, Dracula meant “the son of the devil”.
The Turks were advancing towards the Romanian regions and to keep them away from their country, Vlad II sent his two sons, Vlad and Radu to Sultan Murad II in Constantinople as hostages where they were held until 1448. His father was assassinated in 1447 and his elder brother was tortured and buried alive by the Boyars of Targoviste who were their allies. After giving the news of his father and brother’s death, the Sultan set him free. In his captivity, he learned the way of the Turks for torturing their enemies and criminals by impaling on stakes.
Seeing this fate of his kingdom Vlad decided to move towards his place and reinforce it. With the help of Turkish Cavalry and some troops lent to him by Pasha Mustafa Hassan, he recaptured his throne and in 1456 became the ruler of Wallachia. To save his kingdom from forces outside and inside, he chose the way of terror. Throughout his six years of reign, he did many atrocities which gave way to the terrorizing image he is known by. He also named himself as Vlad Tepes, which means Vlad “The Impaler”. Seeing his horrifying actions, the people named him Vlad Dracula.
Vlad Tepes implemented the same method of torturing enemies and criminals as he saw in Sultan’s captivity. He used to impale criminals and raise them high up. This applied to all the criminals, whether they have done a minor crime or a major one. Through his terror, he managed to inculcate discipline in the subjects. Crime and corruption almost stopped, culture and trade flourished and an order was established in the whole of Wallachia.
History of Bran Castle
Bran Fortress was constructed both for vital safety and monetary reasons by King Louis I of Anjou. Its motivation was to capture the road that prompts Transylvania, including the crevasse, and to guarantee the security of the Magyar customs center. It is wonderful that before the end of the rule of Louis I of Anjou (preceding his demise in 1382), the development of the Fortress had been finished. The quickness of the fortress’ development, and in addition the Magyar King’s extraordinary enthusiasm for the district, was the consequence of the complex political substances of the time. Bran Castle was built over the Bran gorges. Such a location gave a strategic advantage to the fortress. Bran Castle served as a fortress in several of the wars between Wallachia and armies in the south.
When the region of Wallachia came under the reign of Vlad, Bran Castle was used for punishments by Vlad. It was after several decades of his rule that when Bram Stoker wrote his novel, the castle was associated with Vlad Dracula and came to be known as the Dracula Castle in Transylvania.
Actual Association of Count Vlad Dracula with Bran Castle
Vlad Tepes has a relationship with Bran Castle. Vlad was engaged with a few battles to punish the German dealers of Brasov who neglected to submit to his orders with respect to their trade in the Walachian markets. Entry to Wallachia was through Bran, the nearest crevasse to Brasov, which interfaces with Targoviste, Vlad Tepes’ capital. The original customs houses at which charges were gathered from vendors entering Transylvania are still at the base of Bran Castle. The associations with the Bran rulers were not extremely friendly, as they were delegates of the Citadel of Brasov, which were hateful to Vlad the Impaler. It isn’t known whether Vlad Tepes captured Bran Castle. Written documents don’t confirm it. The reports that do exist in files concerning Bran Castle are fundamentally regulatory and allude to the income and expenditure of the Bran Fortress, with little specification of political and military occasions.
Visiting The Dracula Castle in Transylvania
Whether you are interested in all those tales or not, Bran Castle is really an amazing place to go to. You can take Transylvania Tour from Romania and visit the amazing castles in the Transylvania region or you can also take a Day Trip from Bucharest to the Dracula Castle and tour the castle which is now a private museum.