Renaissance Castle of Făgăraș, Romania

Făgăraș is a small but very old city near Brașov in Romania’s Transylvania region. The town is beautifully situated between the Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps) in the South, and the Olt River, in the North. The city boasts one of the finest Renaissance castles in the country.


The First document about the settlement from Făgăraș dates back to the year 1291. At that time was there a wooden fort, surrounded by a moat and wave of land. The fort was burned by the Tartars in 1241. In the 14th century on the same site, the castle was erected from stones. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, the castle was enlarged since this was an important place from which to defend the southern border of the former Hungarian kingdom. In that times it was considered one of the strongest fortifications in Transylvania. The fortress was surrounded by a deep moat which, in times of war, could easily be filled with water from a nearby river. A bridge over the moat provided the only access point.

In the 16th century the castle was rebuilt the strong fortress. But the most important reconstructions, in terms of how the building looks today, were in the 17th century. The castle's fortifications were doubled and the moat was enlarged. The outer wall was bolstered with more bastions. The fortress was then that it gained its inner vaulting and its loggia that overlooks the courtyard within.


Throughout the years, Făgăraș Fortress functioned mainly as a residence for various princes and their families. The interiors were furnished luxuriously and richly decorated. Unfortunately, little of its former grandeur has been preserved because the castle was turned into a military garrison in the 18th century. After the WW II, under communism regime, political dissidents were incarcerated and tortured here.


Today, the beautifully preserved castle is surrounded by a wall roughly half as high as the building itself. The castle has four sides, and its corners are reinforced with polygon-shaped towers (the Red Tower, the Black Tower, the Prison's Tower, Tomori Tower and the Motley Tower). The oldest are the Black Tower, and the Red Tower built in about 1310. The other towers date from the early 1500s. The castle has 80 rooms in which houses a museum. The Făgăraș County Museum, displaying Roman artefacts, a collection of medieval weapons and traditional folk crafts. The museum also hosts a beautiful collection of icons painted on glass.






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Comments

  1. These pictures are stunning

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  2. Such a great castle. The renaissance really did bring out the best in art and architecture. Romania is truly beautiful!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  3. Beautiful set of images. What a lovely place to visit.

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  4. How incredibly beautiful!

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  5. Z przyjemnością obejrzałem. Pięknie w tym muzeum. Pozdr.

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  6. Świetne zdjęcia.Dla mnie najlepsze trzecie- aż chce się zajrzeć na dziedziniec, choć to chyba jakaś przyboczna czy tylna część zamku, powiedzmy, że patio :) Wesołych Świąt.

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  7. Marvelous photos - this looks like an amazing place to visit!
    Thank you for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/12/visiting-bethlehem-gloria-in-excelsis.html, and have a wonderful Christmas!

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  8. Such an amazing, beautiful old castle. The attention to stonework detail is incredible.

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  9. Excellent pictures of a beautiful place.

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  10. This place is amazing.

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  11. indeed a very majestic castle

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  12. What a fabulous building

    Mollyxxx

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  13. Photos are beautiful. What a peaceful place.

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  14. Hello, wonderful tour and photos of the castle? Happy Thursday and weekend! I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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  15. What a beautiful paneled ceiling! Gorgeous scenery all around :)

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  16. A beautifully-preserved castle, and well photographed!!

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  17. That is awesome place!

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  18. Your photos show an amazing castle in impressive condition. I want o go to Romania someday.

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  19. I have never visited this castle. Your pictures make it look really appealing, maybe I'll go see it next time I'll be in Romania.

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  20. What an amazing place and beautiful photos...

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  21. What an interesting place. Your photos capture it beautifully.

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  22. Beautiful photos, I especially like the archway shots.

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  23. Fagaras looks fantastic and is definitely on my list for my next visit to Romania. The castle looks awesome, thanks for sharing! #wkendtravelinspiration

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  24. Oh, this is a wonderful place! I could spend hours taking photos of this lovely castle. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  25. Simply stunning, what an amazing place to visit

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  26. It's very grand, I'd live in it no problem :-)

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  27. Beautiful details! My favorite view is the third one with a warm light. Also am impressed with the big room with the chairs on the side. Some kind of conference room? Many thanks for sharing this Citadel in Romania with SEASONS - I love castles and these stir my imagination! Wishing you a great and satisfying finale of the last month of the year:)

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  28. Beautiful details! My favorite view is the third one with a warm light. Also am impressed with the big room with the chairs on the side. Some kind of conference room? Many thanks for sharing this Citadel in Romania with SEASONS - I love castles and these stir my imagination! Wishing you a great and satisfying finale of the last month of the year:)

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  29. What a treat to visit, it looks beautiful and full of history. Happy Boxing Day from Coombe Mill #MysundayPhoto

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  30. Beauutifully photographed. Looks like an incredible place.

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  31. These Romanian castles are simply stunning. Beautiful photography too!

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  32. It reminds me of castles I saw in the C.R. Built for strength, not style, on the outside, but colorful and quite impressive on the inside.

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  33. What a beautiful place - I particularly like the first photo. #MySundayPhoto

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