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One day we're travelling across Transilvania from castle to castle in search of roots of famous Romanian folk hero - Dracula. He was real man, Warrior prince of Wallachia, called Vlad III Dracul [which means Dragon in Romanian] or Vlad the Impaler [he really liked this job :-)]. His legendary brutality and cruelty was wide know during wars with Ottoman Empire. Impalement was Dracula's favourite but by no means his only method of torture. The list of tortures employed by the prince is extensive: nails in heads, cutting off of limbs, blinding, strangulation, burning, cutting off of noses and ears, mutilation of sexual organs (especially in the case of women), scalping, skinning, exposure to the elements or to animals, and boiling alive. Well, this is no surprise that now he he is popculture star ;-) Back to our trip - we visited Bran Castle - best know castle related to Dracula but it was dissapointing mistake! Everything around this castle is turned to plastic, fancy Dracula's and money cult. Shops with tasteless masks and 'horror' gadgets, paintings and photos with Vlad, people with vampires claws and long, dark cloaks. Funny for firs sight only. Bran Castle is also funny. Mix of styles, strange shapes. Scary place? No, not at all.
Later we arrived to next castle related to Vlad - Rasnov Citadet - and it was really good choice! Look at my photo. This building is mysterious and grim. Raw walls, simply architecture, big fortress ready to defense. And look at big, crucified Jesus on one of towers... This is place where Dracula could live.

Notka po polsku juz mi sie nie zmiescila... W kazdym razie - to jeden z zamkow zwiazanych z Drakula. Nie szpanerski i plastikowy jak bardziej znany Bran, ale prawdziwie posepny i surowy. Popatrzcie na wielki krzyz z Chrystusem na scianie - w takim miejscu ciarki chodza po plecach, tu mogl mieszkac psychopata pokroju Drakuli.

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Additional Photos by Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 0 N: 144] (1633)
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