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Romania’s mountains hide some of the most picturesque castles in all of Europe. Be they places of myth and legend, grand and picturesque fortresses or elegant and imposing royal residences filled with art treasures, they reflect the country’s rich cultural heritage and history. We take a look at the most beautiful.
A stunning example of German New-Renaissance architecture, the 19th century Peleș Castle resembles a grand alpine villa. Combining Italian and German aesthetics, it features 160 lavishly decorated rooms and hosts one of the most valuable collections of art and decorative objects in the country. Some of the treasures include Murano glass and crystal chandeliers, a collection of 4,000 weapons and German stained-glass windows. Peleș was the world’s first castle to be fully powered by electricity produced locally in it’s own power plant. Peleș Castle’s Theatre Hall, adorned with ceiling paintings and wall frescoes by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, hosted the first film projection in the country. The heart of Queen Marie of Romania has been kept at Peleș Castle since 2005.
The beautifully preserved Corvin Castle, is one of Romania’s most important Gothic-style buildings. Erected in the 15th century, the medieval castle was used as a fortress until Transylvanian ruler Iancu de Hunedoara made it his residence. Among the parts of the castle preserved from that period are the gallery and the keep, a defense tower, the Capistrano Tower, the magnificent Knights’ Hall, the Diet Hall, adorned with painted medallions and the Club Tower. The castle’s high buttresses, inner courtyards and the drawbridge add to its fairytale air. Impressively, the castle also features a water well with the depth of 30 meters (98 ft).