“The castle is on the very edge of a terrible precipice. A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm.”Dracula by Bram Stoker
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
You may be wondering why, on my very bookish blog, I am talking about a castle today.
Or maybe you’re way ahead of me.
Bran castle is also known as Dracula’s castle.
That probably answers all your questions. 😆
This castle was first built as a fortress by the Saxons of Transylvania from 1377-1388.
I don’t know anything about the Saxons. I did find out that the castle stopped the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, which is cool, but other than that I’m not going to spend a lot of time here.
What I’m really interested in is Queen Marie.
There’s a big jump between the Saxon’s and Marie. Like, an over 500 year jump, so lot’s of history we’re missing.
Anyway, the castle was gifted to Queen Marie, and she renovated it to become her summer home.
Can we just talk about how cool it would be to have a castle, a fortress for a summer home?
She loved it so much that when she died she wanted her heart buried next to the castle.
Yeah. I’m going to say that again. She wanted her heart BURIED next the castle.
I’m very concerned. I’ve never heard of a love going quite that far, and I’m concerned. On a number of levels.
I mean it’s cool, and I really want to include this information in my Snow White retelling in some way shape or form, but I also have questions.
So, after doing more research, she was a very cool lady. She nursed soldiers during WW1. I think she was on the wrong side of the war, but I appreciate her kindness regardless.
And yes. Her heart was buried in a golden casket.
That is 1000% on my list of things to visit when I go to Romania (Ro-man-ee-uh)
She was also a writer! So maybe I can pull some inspiration from her short stories.
But what about the question we’re all here for?
Why is it known as Dracuala’s castle?
The simple answer: it looks like the description in Bram Stoker’s novel. This very castle was described to him, and he captured it perfectly with his words, though he’d never stepped foot in Romania.
Plus, there’s the fun fact that Vlad the Impaler once visited.
Well, the prison, after being captured. That still counts, right?
There is a lot of cool history surrounding this gothic castle, and I hope you enjoyed learning a little of it.
Thanks for reading!
Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one.