Day 5–Corvina Castle and Dracula

Today’s first stop, fairy tale–Corvina’s Castle (See link below). Gothic and Renaissance style, lofty high arches, turrets, bear pen, dungeon, canon apertures, fortified walls, massive wood door, kitchen and dance hall, cool dark interiors, broken only by the sparse, stained-glass windows dotting prisms over a patch of stone bench or floor. Once there was a massive drawbridge; a later owner extended the castle and built a new entrance. Incidentally, Vlad Dracul, father to Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula, was imprisoned for a time here for not providing help against the Ottomans.

Also, in 1441 a powerful warlord, Hunyadi, captured twelve Turks and made them dig for water. Hunyadi promised if they found water, the Turks would be liberated. After fifteen years the prisoners did indeed hit water, however, Hunyadi had since died. His successor worried if he freed them, the Turks would exact revenge, so he cut off the prisoners’ heads. Before they died, they were granted their final request—to inscribe their names in stone: Abraham, Muhammad, and Allie. The names were arranged in such a way to also read, “You may have water, but you have no soul.”

Other miscellaneous poetry: ornate, silver-topped gypsy palaces, dark-skinned gypsies, just like the movies: the women in colorful headscarves, with long skirts and hoop earrings, the men, in big hats, driving horse carts. Transylvanian houses with brightly covered orange, pink, and green stucco and silver downspouts fashioned with flowered flourishes on the corners. Always, cucumbers, yellow peppers, tomatoes, and cabbage salads. The clock tower in Segesvar. Church bells at noon. Storks. Soups. Roses. Hibiscus jam, concocted by the Unitarian/Plumber minister at the guesthouse. The big dipper in my window in the student dormitory; stars Thomas had never seen. The constant crow of the rooster outside the kitchen window.



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