We decided to visit the Corvin castle on our way back from the medieval city of Sighisoara. After almost four hours of driving across the historical region of Transylvania, we reached the outskirts of Hunedoara. In about 15 minutes of driving in the city, we have arrived to Hunyad castle.
The Hunyad castle and the wooden bridge
This castle is one of the most visited places in the region of Transylvania. The Hunyad castle or the Corvin castle is located at the edge of Hunedoara city, on a smaller hill. The construction of the castle began in 1446 at the orders of John Hunyadi at it was built mainly in Gothic style but it also has some Renaissance architectural elements. According to some travel websites, this castle is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Romania.
These gargoyles can be found inside the well-preserved Hunyad castle which is located in the city of Hunedoara, Romania. These gargoyles are located in the southern end of the courtyard, you can spot them very easily from the castle’s defense wall.
The legend of the well
According to the legend, the well from the photo below was dug by three Turkish prisoners, to whom John Hunyadi promised the freedom. The prisoners dug for 15 years and they managed to make the well 28 meters deep, they also find the precious water. Meanwhile, John Hunyadi had died and his wife didn’t respect her husband’s word, instead she ordered the killing of the three Turkish prisoners. The last request of the prisoners before execution was to write on a piece of stone in the well the following sentence: “You may have water, but you have no soul”.
The Drummer’s Tower
This tower is located on the eastern side of the Hunyad castle and as you can see, it has a circular shape with two defense levels, the gunmen level and the embattled level. As I remember this tower was built between 1440 and 1444.
As you can see the castle’s courtyard was a little empty, before we left the place a larger group of tourist were going inside the castle.
In the photo below, you can see a part of Hunedoara. This photo was captured on the Hunyad castle’s defense wall.
Here is a link to the Corvin castle’s official website, check it out and find out more details about opening times and ticket prices.