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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Comana Monastery

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We have come to the final stage of the life of Vlad Tepes. Little is known about his death though. Historians presume that he died in a battle against the Turks at the end of December 1476, somewhere between Bucharest and Giurgiu. But where is the man buried? For a long time, rumours had it that he was buried at…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Oratea Fortress

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First, let us do a bit of recapitulation. In our last post, we stated that John Hunyadi at one point in history captured Vlad Tepes. That is a proven fact. What is not a proven fact is that Vlad was a prisoner in Hunedoara Castle. But historians are convinced that he was locked up in Oratea Fortress, which is located…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Hunedoara Castle

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Unfortunately, this is another post where it is difficult to distinguishing fact from fiction. But first a word about Hunedoara Castle, one of the biggest of its kind in Romania and in Europe. Prepare to be blown away by this Gothic-Renaissance castle; not only because of its size, but also because of its number of bastions and towers! When you enter…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Bran Castle

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This is without any doubt the most famous castle of Romania! Thanks to its location – on a high rock formation, overlooking valleys – and its interesting history, this is a fascinating venue indeed. Don’t like crowds? Then visit Bran castle on weekdays, before or after the touristic season. Nevertheless, everything in Bran focuses on its castle and Vlad, so it…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Poienari Castle

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Back to business. Targoviste was not the only place that Vlad the Impaler called home: he also lived in Poienari Castle. The original castle dates from the 13th century, but its rulers abandoned it and soon the whole structure was in ruins.  When Vlad’s brother was assassinated, the infamous leader took revenge; he had the elite of Targoviste murdered and forced the…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Dealu Monastery and Targoviste’s Central Park

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6 kilometers to the north of Targoviste lies the 15th century Dealu Monastery. Apart from this being a magnificent site, this is also the place where some relatives of Vlad The Impaler are buried, including his father. Vlad himself, by the way, is buried elsewhere, but more about that later. Nowadays, the monastery serves as a nunnery. We returned to the…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Targoviste

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After having spent his childhood in Sighișoara, Vlad, his father and his brother Radu moved to Targoviste, which at that time was the capital of Wallachia. Here they lived at the Princely Court, where the boys received an education in martial arts, science, arts, history and philosophy. The Princely Court still exists and is one of the most important sites of…

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