Dracula’s Castle
Bran-Medieval Fortress The region between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului has sparked a series of historical episodes, from prehistoric days until current times, all due to one major geographical and historical factor: the Bran Gorge. The Bran Gorge, one of the most important trans-Carpathian passages, has had a dynamic history. Its story has been characterized by two major components: the trade routes of its crossroads, and the recurring military invasions that utilized them. A natural amphitheatre, guarded from the East by the Bucegi Mountains and from the West by the Piatra Craiului Massive, the Bran Gorge offered, due to its concave space, a wide panorama both to Burzenland (Tara Bârsei), and to the hills and valley of Moeciu. Dracula Dracula – as known today – represents the result of the intersection of some real historical events, legendary, related to the reign of Vald Ţepes – Dracula, of mentions of some chroniclers of those times, aiming to put the great voivode in a bad light, amplified in the upcoming centuries by the association with the character of fiction novel "Dracula", issued in England in 1897, written by the Irish writer Bram Stocker. The truth about Vlad Ţepes (1456-1462; 1476), prince of Ţara Românească, is known from numerous works of Romanian and foreign historians. Convinced that only a harsh reign from the inside could install order in the country and organize successfully its defense from external dangers, Vlad Ţepes applies a domineering reign, imposing to its subjects honesty and diligence as virtues; dishonesty (theft), laziness and craftiness were harshly punished by impalement, a hard punishment, but which could be understood only related to the period he lived in, a very cruel period, which has known other punishments, equally harsh, such as burning at the stake, hanging, etc.
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