Built in the 14th century, Corvinilor Castle represents one of the most
amazing and well-preserved medieval buildings, being in fact the most
famous property of Iancu de Hunedoara, building that even today
dominates the city of Hunedoara.
Iancu de Hunedoara was the one who stopped the
Turkish army at Belgrad in their rise towards Europe,
after conquering the Constantinople in 1456. Only a
few know that even today the bells of the Catholic
Churches still toll in the middle of the day for this
victory, as a decision of the Vatican Church.
The Corvinilor Castle is one piece of a kind because of the special styles in which it
was built and because of the presence of some military innovations. It is also
known that people led a very impetuous life there at the castle for more than 400
years. This building suffered along the years various changes and during Iancu de
Hunedoara’s reign, the castle became also a luxurious home, not only a strategic
The castle has 42 chambers, 2
platforms, 2 bridges and is built
on an area of 7000 square m.
It was built mainly in Gothic
style, but has Renaissance
architectural elements. It
features tall and strong defense
towers, an interior yard and a
drawbridge. Built over the site of
an older fortification and on a
rock above the small Zlaști
River, the castle is a large and
imposing building with tall and
diversely colored roofs, towers
and myriad windows and
balconies adorned with stone
In the vicinity of the entrance of the
church, there is a fountain which was
dug in stone by three Turkish
prisoners. The legend says that when
these three prisoners were captured
by Iancu de Hunedoara from his
battles against the Turkish army, they
were told that if they dug in stone and
reached for water, they would be
For ten years the Turkish prisoners
dug nearly 20-25 meters into stone
and they finally reached for water, but
instead of being released, they were
beheaded. This is just a legend and it’s
not specific only to Corvinilor Castle.
Before being executed, it is said that
one of the prisoners had carved into
stone the following words: “You have
water, but you have no soul”. The truth
is that one of the prisoners, which was
in fact the son of a vizier, carved on
one of the stones from the wall near
the well that he built that well together
with two other prisoners while they
were prisoners to these giaours.
The access to the castle is made on a wooden bridge which is sustained by 4
massive stony piers that are placed in the riverbed of Zlasti.
Mădălina Radu, 7th grade,
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