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Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. Commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle” , it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle. There is evidence, however, that Vlad Tepes (1431-1476) actually did use the castle during his raids into Transylvania.
In 1212 the at the entrance to a mountain valley through which traders had travelled for more than a millennium, although it was destroyed in 1242 by the Mongols. The first documented mentioning of Bran Castle is the act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Braşov) the privilege to build the stone citadel on their own expense and labor force; the settlement of Bran began to develop nearby. The castle was first used in 1378 in defence against the Ottoman Empire, and later became a customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. The castle briefly belonged to Mircea the Elder of Wallachia. Source: Wikipedia

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    wow a stunner

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Wow.. this is amazing work, Bela! The light, framing, subject, all SO good!!

  • geoff curtis
    geoff curtisover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Bela.

  • faceart
    faceartover 4 years ago

    Wow… a cold shower is running down my body!

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    A fabulous capture!!!!

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 4 years ago

    Nice image Bela. I especially like the light on the castle.

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 4 years ago

    Oh my, spectacular capture Bela. Light on the castle is incredible.

  • WayofWarriors
    WayofWarriorsover 4 years ago

    Excellent

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyover 4 years ago

    Your certainly captured the mood here, great work Béla!

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 4 years ago

    Amazing work Bela!!

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