Hunedoara is not a name that frequently pops up in conversations about vampires and especially Dracula. Few people know that Hunedoara is actually the castle where Vlad the Impaler, the man who gave inspiration to Hollywood's Dracula, was imprisoned during the fifteenth century.
Located in Transylvania, Romania, the castle pretty much stands the way it looked back then during Vlad's time. The castle is Gotic in style and has both round and square shaped turrets with a red roof, perched over a cliff near the Hungarian border.
|Vlad the Impaler|
Hunedoara, or Hunyadi as it is more properly known, has a rich background in Eastern European history. Because of its close location to Hungary, at one point it was claimed as part of Hungarian territory when the nation was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire until the end of World War 1. As with any other castle, Hunedoara, also contains grand rooms for those who once owned it; a knight's hall, diet's hall, guard rooms, and sleeping quarters. The castle was first built by the Anjou family which claims its origins back to the House of Angevin, a French dynasty that had branches well in to the regions of Poland, Hungary, and the Latin Empire.
|Inside Hunedoara Castle|