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Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
August 10 - October 07, 2006

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Bran Castle was originally a fortress built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in the year 1212. It was known by the name of Dietrichstein at the time.

Later on, towards the end of the 13th century, it was taken over by the Saxons in that region in order to protect the City of Brasov, an important trade center.

Vlad Tepes used Bran Castle as headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania.

This castle should not be mistaken for the actual Castle Dracula (Poenari Castle), now in ruins, which is located on the Arges River, at a more secluded site.

VLAD TEPES - The Impaler (DRACULA) Prince of Wallachia 1448, 1456-1462, 1476.
Son of Vlad Dracul (Knight of the Order of the Dragon - 1431) and Grandson of Mircea the Great, King of Wallachia (1386 - 1418).
Adopting a totalitarian leadership, Vlad Tepes introduced a very strict order in Wallachia, strengthened the army, helped the trade with the neighboring countries, and was merciless towards those who went against him, be they noblemen (boyars) or of a lower status. Externally, he fought The Ottoman Empire, against which he scored famous victories.

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