The one-year anniversary of our two-week trip to Romania has come & gone, but the memories and the adventures are still strong in our memories and in our hearts. We want to share more details about that trip, because looking back, we did not post very much on all the activities that we did in Romania.
Let's start with CASTLES! While in Romania we visited three castles.
The first one we went to was in Hunedoara and is called Corvin Castle. This castle was first built in the 1400s, but had gone through many renovations and improvements over the years after fires, military action, and neglect.
As legend has it, there is a deep well in the castle that was dug by a few prisoners. Those prisoners were promised release after the well was finished. Upon completing the well 15 years later, the prisoners were not granted their freedom, but instead were executed. Before they were killed, an inscription was written on the well stating "you have water, but not soul."
Today, the castle serves as a beautiful tourist attraction. For a small fee (even cheaper if you have a student ID), you can enter the castle, walk through the cobblestone court yard, explore the dungeons & torture chamber, dance with your adventure partner in the ballroom, get locked in the stocks, and stand guard at watch towers.
Corvin Castle has a draw bridge, a moat, watch towers, stain-glass windows, and a beautiful courtyard (& even modern-day outlets!). While walking through the grounds of the castle, I felt like I was Drew Barrymore in Ever After.
Stay tuned to see pictures from the other two Romanian castles we visited: Bran & Peles. After those are posted, we will share about other fun things we did during our adventure in Romania. Get excited!
Have you ever toured an ancient castle? Where? Leave your answer in the comments below.