Bran Castle was built between 1377 and 1388 in a strategic site overlooking a heavily trafficked mountain pass , between Transylvania and Wallachia (Tara Romaneasca), the land over Vlad Tepes (1431-1476) ruled in the 15th century.
Vlad Tepes, the ruler is widely believed to be the inspiration for Count Dracula (in Bram Stoker’s novel), due to his historic bloodlust. He liked to tortured the criminals and would inpale his enemies. During invasions, he was also known to use a military strategy called scorched-earth policy, that consists in destroying any possible resource thet the enemy could use by poisoning water supplies and burning crops.
Even there is no historical document attesting that Vlad ever visited Bran Castle, there are some rumors that says he even was prisioner in the castle. The historical documents are saying that his visits to Transylvania were usually related to the boyars of Brasov.
Today, the castle is owned by the decedents of Queen Marie, to whom it was given in 1920 as a token of appreciation for her efforts to unify Romania.
Currently, Bran is open as a museum, largely devoted to Queen Mary of Romania.
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