The castle built in fairy tale landscape was one of the main sources of the Count Dracula's myth.
Situated 30 kilometers away from Brasov, the Bran Castle is mostly known for its beauty and the beautiful landscapes and for the legend of Count Dracula. Vlad the Impaler (known as Dracula), Wallachia’s ruler, kept up the relations with Transylvania, especially with Bârsa County and Braşov, but no source mentioned its stay in the castle. The first attestation of the Bran Castle is a document issued on the 19th of November 1377 by Ludovic I D’Anjou. The castle had a guard made of archers. Between 1419 and 1494 the castle was owned by the king Sigismund. At the and of the 15th century the fortress is under Szecklers’ Comitee authority, in charge with the defense of Transylvania’s SE border. The Bran passage was a very important point in the defense against Ottoman expansion.
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