Castelul Bran Castle LImousine Tour

Cetatea Bran "Perla Neagra" a Transilvaniei














Castelul Bran care a intrat in circuitul si folclorul turistic drept castelul lui Dracula, este situat in Pasul Bran-Rucar, la mai putin de 30 km de Brasov si este construit intre anii 1377 – 1382 pe o stanca inalta de 60 de metri. A fost construit iniţial in secolul al XIII-lea în sud-estul Transilvaniei, ca cetate de apărare. Situat in situat, in Pasul Rucar-Bran, la 30 km de orasul Brasov, Castelul Bran este una din emblemele romanesti recunoscute peste hotare. Legenda din spatele Castelului Bran il are in spate pe Contele Dracula impersonat in voievodul Vlad Tepes. Dracula a prins viata datorita romanului omonim scris de autorul irlandez Bram Stocker in secolul XIX. S-a presupus ca asa-zisul Dracula a locuit in Castelul Bran, insa nu s-au gasit dovezi care sa verifice aceasta ipoteza. Fortificatia din lemn si piatra cuprindea un post de aparare format din doua randuri de ziduri ce flancau trecatoarea dinspre sud, cladirea postului vamal, si cetatea propriu-zisa, alcatuita din zidul de incinta, donjon, turnul rotund si turnul portii. Zidul de incinta este realizat din piatra de calcar, straturile din caramida fiind zidite ulterior. Acest zid poseda guri de tragere de forma dreptunghiulara asezate vertical. Numai patru dintre acesta sunt pozitionate orizontal si inchise cu obloane groase de lemn. Donjonul, plasat in partea de nord, este mai inalt decat restul castelului si este fixat in stanca. Acesta include doua incaperi si o scara ingusta de lemn ce urca spre acoperis, unde este prevazut si un post de observatie. Donjonul si cortina cu care se continua sunt prevazute cu un sir de creneluri treptate, rotunjite. Forma actuala a turnului rotund dateaza din 1593, vechiul turn fiind distrus de o explozie provocata de traznet. La parter turnul era prevazut cu un mic depozit pentru praf de pusca iar la etajul I si II erau cateva sali cu diverse intrebuintari. Poarta construita initial era blocata cu un gratar de barne, manevrat prin intermediul unor scripeti. Accesul prin aceasta intrare se putea realiza numai cu ajutorul unei scari mobile coborate pana la baza stancii. La etajul intai se afla sase incaperi: vestibulul, o sala mai spatioasa, cu fresca, o incapere cu tavan cu bolti ogivale, o mica bucatarie si un al doilea vestibul. Sub turnul scarilor este o sala ingusta ce servea drept inchisoare. Etajul II cuprinde un vestibul, o fosta bucatarie, o sala mica ce corespunde cu odaia din turnul nou al portii si o incapere cu grinzi pictate cu motive sasesti. In curtea interioara se afla doua pivnite, cuptorul de copt paine si o alta inchisoare. O atractie speciala a castelului este fantana, cu o adancime de aproximativ 57 m, amplasata in curtea interioara. Creatia literara prinde viata în interiorul castelului, devenit reşedinţă a lui Vlad Ţepeş, şi care este prezentat ca fiind vampir. Deşi domnitorul nu a locuit vreodata în castel, el este mai cunoscut astăzi ca fiind „vampirul Dracula” decât domnitorul Vlad Ţepeş. Dintre pedepsele cele mai crunte pentru nelegiuiri, domnitorul Vlad Tepes a ales-o poate pe cea mai cruda, alegere care in decursul istoriei a conturat imaginea unui despot sadic si razbunator.



Count Dracula's Private Quarters


It is one of  the most mysterious and chilling of all places in Romania.  Followed by Peles Castle, in the Tour of Castles, the Bran Castle is a magnificent piece of architecture. Built in the 13th century in the Bran – Rucar passage, the castle functioned as a defense fortress for South East Transylvania. The castle is located about 30 km from contemporary Brasov and is home of heavy visitor traffic from all over the world. The castle is sinisterly placed on a 60 m high rock, overlooking the castle bay area. It is believed to have been one of Count Vlad Tepes residences. The Irish novelist Bram Stocker, is the person who changed forever the historical Vlad Tepes into Count Dracula. The story says that Count Vlad, used to sadistically punish the thieves and unloyal subjects. The legend says that Count Vlad impaled anyone he found guilty. On the scale of suffering it ranked at the top. It was one of the slowest, bloodiest, most horrifying and painful deaths. The dread such a punishment among the people at the court was so high that practically eradicated crime. The word is that the measure was so effective that public fountains used massive gold cups and buckets for water, and no one dared to steal them away.



Bram Stoc

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The legend lives on and you can be part of it. If coming to Romania and looking for exciting places to visit,  this is one that you will talk about for a long time. Although the castle is born by a legendary count still tells the story today. Many times, a guide is not even necessary,  as it would only restrain the visitor's imagination. When entering the gates of Bran Castle, as questions come through your mind,  you write your own story. When asked to put it in a few words, people more or less metaphorically say that "this is for real." This is not anything close to your amusement park "house of horrors." No special effects, no scary souds, just silent walking through tight centuries old stone corridors and old squeaky floors. Oh, and of course, the abyss behind the walls. The two castle circuit, of whom Bran Castle is the first up,  are both royal residences belonging to different ages. Bran Castle is the medieval place defined by solitude and mystery while Peles is a contemporary expression of aristocracy and opulent architecture. The circuit makes for a very nice mix of old and new, like the wonderfully flavored bittersweet blend in fine dark chocolate. It is really what a true castle circuit should be about. Offering a unique opportunity to witness the unfolding of Romanian history in architecture, from medieval time to the 20th century, both sites are true Transylvanian gems. If visiting Bran feels more like a touristic dry run, at the other end, the Peles, is a visitor’s unique treat. People are drawn to various degrees to one place or another. Fans of the very popular Count Dracula novels, will want to convince themselves about the “cradle of vampires,” while others, of more discerning tastes, save the euphoria for the royals. Now, the experience is within your reach. If you are travelling from Europe, the most convenient place of arrival is Sibiu International Airport. The same day, or the day following your arrival, you will be on a morning schedule for a City Limousine hotel pickup and set off for the Bran - Peles Castle Circuit.

Although it is arguably just "brick and mortar," Dracula's Castle seems animated by an obscure force. Don't belive it? Come see for yourself! And don't forget! City Limousine is your six black horse carriage!

Peles Castle