The Corvin castle is one of the most interesting and mysterious castles in Eastern Europe. Situated in Hunedoara, Romania, it first served as a fort and later on it became the residence of a nobleman. Its well preserved architecture is a good example of gothic architecture in Romania during the middle ages. The place was donated to Sigismund de Luxembourg and later it was passed on to his son, a great leader and fighter, Iancu de Hunedoara.
This mysterious place hides many secrets and for an unskilled eye it might appear as just another beautiful medieval jewel. Yet, behind the walls history pierces through in many ways. Here is a list of 5 interesting facts about the Corvin castle which you should definitely keep an eye out for when you go visit.
1) The torture chamberAlthough it was recently created, the torture chamber lies on the very spot of the castle’s prison and it hosts and exhibits many torture instruments which were used on the prisoners in the early days. Tools like the Spanish boot, icon pyramid with thorns, needles, pliers and other such things will help you recreate the mood of the prison.
2) The well
The well, typical for fortresses or castles in the region of Transylvania, is also a famous execution place where Turkish prisoners were killed. The legend stated that the prisoners were promised freedom after they dig the well and find water. Unfortunate for them, they had to dig for 30 M until they reached water and in the mean time the one who promised them freedom had died so their promise wasn’t kept. Archeologists discovered inscriptions on the inside of the well from Turkish prisoners.
3) The dining hall
The dining hall lies right under the Knights hall on the first floor and it is a good example of luxurious and refinement in the architecture in the middle ages.
4) Knights hall and the secret passage
The Knights hall connected to the Diet hall create one beautiful ensemble and have armours and weapons exhibitions. The place also has a secret passage which was used in the early days to run outside the fortresses’ walls in case of an attack.
5) The chapel
Built in a gothic style in two stages, the last one being fished during the reign of Iancu de Hunedoara, the chapel has an interesting altar and hosts the replica of the Iancu’s sarcophagus which originally lies in the Catholic church in Alba Iulia.