The Corvins’ Castle, Hunedoara

The Corvins’ Castle, also known as the Hunyadis’ Castle, is located in the municipality of Hunedoara, and was built in the 14th century, on the location of an old stronghold, on a hillock at the foot of which flows the Zlasti brook. The castle of Hunedoara is an imposing building, one of the largest and most famous properties of Iancu de Hunedoara. The various owners of the castle altered its looks, enriching it with towers, official halls and rooms, where Gothic, neo-Gothic Renaissance and Baroque elements are intermingled. The castle occupies a surface of 7000 square meters, and includes 42 rooms, two terraces and two bridges. The gallery and the donjon – the last defense tower, which are unchanged since the times of Iancu de Hunedoara, as well as the Capistrano tower (by the name of a monk) represent some of the most significant parts of the construction. It is also worth mentioning the Knights’ Hall (a large reception room), the Maces Tower and the White Bastion that was used as food storehouse, the Diet Hall with medallions painted on the walls. In the wing of the castle called Matia, one can vaguely distinguish a painting hinting at the legend of the raven whence it is said that the descendants of Iancu de Hunedoara get their name (Corvins). The castle was restored and turned into a museum.