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Peles Castle + Dracula Castle (Bran) – 1 day / 8h-10h

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Bucharest – Peles Castle – Sinaia Monastery – Caraiman Monastery – Dracula’s Castle – Bucharest

Tour in Transylvania
Tour in Transylvania

Peleș Castle (Romanian: Castelul Peleș pronounced [kasˈtelul ˈpeleʃ]) is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I.

A personal property of the Royal Family from the beginning, Peleș Castle was quickly nationalized after the Communist coup d’etat on December 30th, 1947 that led to the illegal abdication of HM King Michael and his forced exile. After the King’s return in 1997, the castle was returned to the Royal Family after a long judicial case that has been finalised in 2007. However, the King expressed his desire that the castle should continue to shelter the Peleș National Museum, as well as being occasionally used for public ceremonies organised by the Royal Family.

On May 10th, 2016, on the occasion of Romania’s Independence Day marking 150 years of existence of the Romanian Dynasty, the personal standard of Crown Princess Margareta was flown on Peleș Castle, first time after 1947.

The complex is northwest of the town of Sinaia, which is 48 kilometres (30 mi) from Braşov and 124 kilometres (77 mi) from Bucharest. Nestled in the southeastern Carpathian Mountains, the complex is composed of three monuments: Peleș Castle, Pelișor Chateau, and Foișor Hunting Lodge.

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The Sinaia Monastery, located in Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, was founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt. As of 2005, it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus. It is part of the Bucharest archdiocese.

Situated in the Prahova Valley, the monastery gave its name to the nearby town of Sinaia. The monastery consists of two courtyards surrounded by low buildings. In the centre of each courtyard there is a small church built in the Byzantine style. One of them—”Biserica Veche” (The Old Church)—dates from 1695, while the more recent „Biserica Mare” (The Great Church) was built in 1846.

The monks possess a library that is a repository for valuable jewels belonging to the Cantacuzino family, as well as the earliest Romanian translation of the Bible, dated 1668.

Take Ionescu, former Prime Minister of Romania, is buried on the grounds.

 

Caraiman Monastery is an orthodox monastery, which is situated in town Buşteni, Prahova district, at the foot of the massif Caraiman. The Cross from above the Caraiman seems to guard the path, which leeds the steps of the pilgrims towards the monastery. Going towards the cab from Buşteni, at a time, on the left side, there are an indicator and an icon showing the path with stone tiles in patches, path leading towards the monastery.

Tour in Transylvania
Tour in Transylvania

The secretly like walking path, under the dark crowns of the fir trees is eventually reaching an oasis of light, the massif Caraiman emerges in all its splendour. In this glade, Father Gherontie Puiu built, by the grace of Lord and with Virgin’s Mary help, a great monastery.

Buşteni is a small mountain town situated in the northern part of Prahova district, Muntenia, located in the center of Romania. It is situated on the Prahova Valley, at he foot of the Bucegi Mountains, which have the maximum altitude of 2.505 m. Situated at a distance of 135 km from Bucharest, it stretches about 7 km along the Prahova Valley, between the “Deer Ford” and the tunnel dug into the mountain spur “Long Edge”.

The average height of the town Buşteni is of 850 m. It is one of the most popular mountain resorts, offering spectacular views, a lot of opportunities and holiday activities from skiing to hiking. It’s got a population of 10.463 inhabitants.

The Caraiman Monastery is situated at a height of about 900 m, being one of the highest altitudes where a place of worship has ever been built in our country.

 

Bran Castle (Romanian: Castelul Bran; German: Törzburg; Hungarian: Törcsvár), situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as „Dracula’s Castle” (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is often erroneously referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula. As discovered by the Dutch author Hans Corneel de Roos,[1] the location Bram Stoker actually had in mind for Castle Dracula while writing his novel was an empty mountain top, Mount Izvorul Călimanului, 2,033 metres (6,670 ft) high, located in the Călimani Alps near the former border with Moldavia. Stoker’s description of Dracula’s crumbling fictional castle also bears no resemblance to Bran Castle.

The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Maria. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open-air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.

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