Romania is home to some of the most spectacular Gothic sites in Europe. The Dracula myth story by Bram Stoker was based on a real person from Transylvania, Romania. Dracula’s castle can still be visited. Read on to find out more about this castle and other interesting sites to explore.
High above a valley in Transylvania, lies the Gothic home of the man the Dracula myth was based on. The Dracula story contains many descriptions of this castle and is known all over the world as Dracula’s Castle, because of its similarities to the novel.
This castle served as a fortress till the mid-14th century and many parts of it still remain intact. It is an incredible Gothic castle, steeped in myth and history. It is definitely worth a visit for those interested in Gothic architecture.
This castle in Poenari was home to Vlad the Impaler, a person also associated with the Dracula myth. You will need to climb 1,480 steps to get to this impressive site, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
Putna Monastery & Museum
In Putna, you will find one of the largest Byzantine collections in Europe, housed in Gothic splendor. There are many treasures, including medieval manuscripts. Make sure you go to the museum behind the monastery for more hidden treasures. The entry price for the Monastery will get you into the museum too.
This 15th century Gothic Church is known as the Black Church after its walls were blackened in the great fire of 1689. This church is south-east of Transylvania and is one of the largest of its kind. It is known as one of the most important Gothic structures in Romania.