If you love to travel know that at Bran Castle in Transylvania Romania, there is exciting history awaiting for you and you can get your Covid-19 vaccine too. No appointment necessary, but do consult official sourced before heading to Bran.
And, while still at Bran Castle after you received your Pfizer vaccine you will be rewarded with a free tour of the 52 medieval instruments of torture…
This is Bran Castle part 1, where we commence.
“Who blinks in the night? Who watches from its inky spark?
A wolf’s call, is it a chant? A lonely howl? A witch’s chant?
An owl’s hoot, is it despair? Is it a lost love song, to the moon?
The light that flickers in the night, up in the tower, were none lives, is it a dream? A traveler that’s found safe ground? Or ’tis a memory that’s lost, without a lord?”
Bran Castle rose at the right moment in history, and in the right place, on a mountain slope between Bucegi Mountain and Piatra Craiului, King’s Stone, overlooking Bran Gorge. A mighty pass, where trade routes overlapped military tracks during a rough history.
In 1211 Hungarian King Andrew II, eager to secure his kingdom against any inner turmoil… by enforcing of Magyar policies in the region, and against outside attacks… of the neighboring Cuman tribes, and later the Tatars and the Ottomans too, King Andrew II donated this land of Burzenland, with its mountains and forests, its rivers too, known as Țara Bârsei, to the Teutonic Knights…
Assuring the castle’s inhabitants autonomy during long sieges, a water well (detail above) provided resources for putting out fires, or cheap ammunition – if boiled…
The well of Bran Castle is extra special for it was dug 60 feet (20 meters) deep through solid rock (remember, the castle sits atop a mighty cliff).
As Bran Castle, the secret (at least one of them) lies in the well…
It is said that just above the water level there is access to a secret room where the castle’s treasury was hid in times of attack.
Is the passage still there? I’ll tell you in a later blog post.
So, soon after the Teutonic Knights began work on a wooden castle, and the time of the German migration into Transylvania began.
We’ll return to Bran Castle soon and pick up where we left off.
Quick update on my writing
My work in progress #2, historical fiction set in medieval Transylvania, reached just over 78 000 words, up 20 000 words from last Thursday. I can see myself approaching its completion. I know how it will end, but ’tis still a winding and exciting road ahead 🙂 and I’m enjoying it very much.
If you decide to travel to Bran Castle to get your Covid-19 Vaccine know that the unique vaccination center at Bran Castle is part of the Romanian government’s initiative to vaccinate 10 million people by September (just over half the country’s population).
In comparison, know that South Africa started its vaccination program in February and today, three month later, only (just over) 400 000 people – medical staff – have been vaccinated (out of nearly 58 million souls). Those over 60 years of age can also get their shot from Monday.
As always, you can find all my books on Amazon.