Let’s travel to Râșnov Fortress, the oldest and best preserved fortified stronghold in Transylvania, Romania, located atop a limestone hill south of Râșnov city, a mere 15 kilometers from Brașov. Râșnov fortress is declared a historical monument. We were lucky to visit it in 2012 – not a typo. 🙂
We made our way through a separate enclosure surrounded by a stone wall of its own. Then we walked some more, always upwards, as the access to the fortress itself is not made directly.
Knock knock… (Have you read my short history on door knocking?)
Follow me and let’s use this lion brass door knocker to open a few medieval doors for this week’ Thursday Doors.
We arrived at Rasnov fortress just ahead of sunset. We strolled along narrow, cobbled streets between houses built with stone.
Walls (for defense) were a mandatory commodity for every fortification, and for each community. Water sources (cisterns, springs) were a must, always located inside the fortress (in case of a siege). A greater effort of ensuring a steady fresh water supply for Rasnov fortress was made between 1623 – 1643 when the rock was dug to a depth of 140 meters.
A beautifully preserved home with limestone walls. Slightly modernized 🙂
The fortress was built by the inhabitants of this area. It covers 3,500 square meters.
I wonder if the fortress’ healer lived behind this door:
The villagers waiting outside his door would have enjoyed this view:
The oldest structures that still exist date from the 14th century, like the wall below. Initially here was a simple wooden fortification built by the Teutonic Knights during the 13th century. Its walls are up to five meters high and 1.5 meters wide.
My favorite spot inside Rasnov fortress. It could be a ballroom, don’t you think? With a view deserving of a Queen:
Apart from tall, thick walls made of rock, the builders would have made use of the location’s efficiency, in this case the hill itself, for defense.
Hard to choose. Here’s a picture-perfect view of Rasnov city that I am saying good bye with:
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