Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hunyad Castle, Hunedoara

The castle is a relic of the Hunyadi dynasty.
In 1409, the castle was given to John Hunyadi's father, Voyk, by Sigismund, king of Hungary, as severance. The castle was restored between 1446 and 1453 by his son John Hunyadi.
It was built mainly in Gothic style, but has Renaissance architectural elements.
It features tall and strong defense towers, an interior yard and a drawbridge.
Built over the site of an older fortification and on a rock above the small river Zla┼čti,
the castle is a large and imposing building with tall and diversely colored roofs, towers and myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone carvings.

Pictures were taken on July 6, 2011

The current castle is the result of a fanciful restoration campaign undertaken
after a disastrous fire and many decades of total neglect.
It has been noted that modern
"architects projected to it their own wistful interpretations of how a great Gothic castle should look".

The legend says that this fountain was dug by twelve Turkish prisoners
to whom liberty was promised if they reached water.
After 15 years they completed the well, but their captors did not keep their promise.
It is said that the inscription on a wall of the well means "you have water, but not soul".
Specialists, however, have translated the inscription as
"he who wrote this inscription is Hasan, who lives as slave of the giaours, in the fortress near the church".

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