Castles and manors

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.

Kendeffy Castle, Sântămărie Orlea

The castle was built in 1702 in a Baroque style, and it belonged to the Kendeffy family. The building has an almost rectangular shape and it consists of three units, drawing attention particularly by its monumental tower. The castle has a predominantly Neo-Gothic aspect, due to the following architectural elements: the tower, the crenellated banister, phials, the acute angled bow window, the small balcony, but also due to the asymmetrical structure. As fashionable in the 19th century, Árpád Kendeffy wanted to have an English park around the castle, aware of the fact that the park and the castle make an organic unity. In front of the castle was placed a terrace with Gothic-like flowerbeds, decorated with large vessels. Kendeffy castle, with its diverse volumetry, reminds us the aspect of mediaeval French cities. The castle is private property.

The nobiliary court of the Cândescus, Râu de Mori

It lies in the center of Râu de Mori, Hunedoara County. The court was built in the 16th century on the ruins of old Roman edifices and it belonged to the Cândea family. The monument is made of a group of constructions including a residential building, the court chapel, the stable, dependencies, the mill and the church. Being “L”-shaped, the first floor of the building is sunk into the ground. Although included in the National Program of Restoration, after a few urgent repairs on the buildings that are still sanding, the works were abandoned.

The nobiliary court of Sălașu de Sus

It was built in the late Middle Ages, being the second residence of the noble from the Mălăiești fortress. Being used in times of peace, the rooms built around a patio were larger than those of the fortifications and they had wide windows with round glass, manually worked. The windows also had brick vaults above, of which only some remnants have been preserved till today. It seems that on the place where the nobiliary court was erected there had already been a fortified tower protecting the road to the village, and which was integrated into the construction. It had thick walls and narrow windows and the entrance was above the ground level, so that the door was reached through a wooden ladder. The wholes in the wall were the wooden platform was attached are still visible