Bran (Törzburg/Törcsvár)

Stema Bran (Bran Coat of arms) 30 Km from the city of Braşov, Bran dates back to the beginning of the XIII-th century. It was founded by the Teutonic Order as a wooden fort and it had a strategic position, between Wallachia and Transylvania.

Nowadays it is a peaceful commune, one of the most famous places in Romania, due to its castle in which it is thought that Prince Vlad Ţepes, the legendary Dracula (found in Bram Stoker's novel), lived. The Bran castle was built in 1377 by King Sigismund of Hungary. The castle is opened for visiting, while inside its courtyard one can see some traditional Romanian houses.

In Bran there is also a copy of the "Stella Maris" chapel from Balchick, built by Pricess Ileana, where the heart of Queen Mary should have been kept after the Treaty of Craiova.

The location of the Bran Castle is here. Some more info and pictures on the official site, here and below:

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