TEUTONIC KNIGHT, MONGOL ARCHER AND MOLDAVIAN INFANTRY, WITH HIGH HISTORIC DETAILS, COURTESY OF RADU OLTEAN.
MEDIEVAL WARRIORS BY RADU:http://www.historyarts.ro/afise.htm
TURNUL CHINDIEI DIN TIRGOVISTE.
THE TOWER WAS BUILT IN XV CENTURY DURING THE REIGN OF VLAD THE IMPALER. ONE OF HIS ROLE WAS TO HOLD THE TREASURY OF KINGDOM. THE TOWER IS LOCATED IN THE ROYAL COURT OF TIRGOVISTE, FORMER CAPITAL CITY OF WALLACHIA.
SLIMNIC FORTRESS OR STOLZENBURG, DERIVED FROM A FORTIFIED SITE BUILT AROUND 1342, IN THE SIBIU COUNTY, TRANSYLVANIA.
THE FORTRESS HAD SEEN PLENTY OF ACTION, BEING TAKEN BY JANOS ZAPOLYA IN
1529 AND SZEKELY MOISE IN 1602. ALSO, IN 1658 THE OTTOMANS TRIED TO CAPTURE IT, DUE TO ITS STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE IN TRANSYLVANIA. FINALLY, WAS BURNT BY KURUTZ REBELS IN 1706. TODAY IS ABANDONED.
RISNOV FORTRESS CAN BE SEEN FROM A LONG DISTANCE, BEING BUILT ON A HIGH HILL IN BRASOV COUNTY, NEAR RISNOV TOWN. THE FOUNDATION OF FORTRESS WAS MADE BY TEUTON KNIGHTS, BETWEEN 1211-1225. THE FORTRESS WAS SIEGED BY MONGOLS IN 1335, BUT SUCCESFULLY RESISTED.
CETATEA FAGARASULUI. FAGARAS CASTLE.
BUILT IN 1310 BY LOCAL LANDLORD LADISZLAU KAN THE SECOND AND REBUILT BY LADISZALU APOR . IT WAS GIVEN AS A GIFT TO LADY STANCA, WIFE OF MICHAEL THE BRAVE, IN 1600.
THE FORTRESS WAS EXTENDED TO ACTUAL SIZE BY TRANSYLVANIAN RULERS GABRIEL BETHLEM AND RAKOCZY GYORGY THE FIRST, AROUND 1631.. HERE WAS THE POLITICAL CENTER OF TRANSYLVANIA, KNOWN AS THE DIETA.
DURING 1946-1960, THE CASTLE WAS TRANSFORMED IN A PRISON, WHERE THE COMMUNIST PARTY HELD HIS ENEMIES.
CASTELUL BRAN /TORCSVAR/TORZBURG
The Bran fortress was built on a cliff between Măgura and The Hill of the Fortress, its position conferring an outstanding view towards both the hills of Moeciu and the ones from the Land of Bârsa. The building of the fortress was imposed by strategic and economic reasons. The strategic reasons underlined by the expansion of the Ottoman Empire which, by the end of the XIV century, began threatening the south-eastern borders of Transylvania; the economic reasons, given by the fact that the commercial road, one of the most important access ways connecting Transylvania to Wallachia, crossed this area. All these reasons determined the Hungarian king Louis I of Anjou to develop strengthening works of the Bran pass.
MORE ABOUT THE CASTLE HERE:http://www.brancastlemuseum.ro/indexfrm_en.
PHOTOGRAPHS SENT BY ROMEO:http://www.romeohuidu.com/main.php