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Castelul Corvinilor (Corvins' Castle)

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"Corvin Castle was laid out in 1446, when construction began by order of Voivode of Transylvania John Hunyadi, who wanted to transform the former keep built by Charles I of Hungary. The castle was originally given to John Hunyadi's father, Voicu (Vajk), by Sigismund of Luxembourg, king of Hungary and Croatia, as severance in 1409. It was also in 1446 that John Hunyadi was elected as the regent governor by the Diet. The castle has three large areas: the Knight's Hall, the Diet Hall and the circular stairway. The halls are rectangular in shape and are decorated with marble. The Diet Hall was used for ceremonies or formal receptions whilst the Knight's Hall was used for feasts. In 1456, John Hunyadi died and work on the castle stagnated. Starting with 1458, new commissions were being undergone to construct the Matia Wing of the castle. In 1480, work was completely stopped on the castle and it was recognised as being one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Eastern Europe. The 16th century did not bring any improvements to the castle, but during the 17th century new additions were made for aesthetic and military purposes. Aesthetically, the large new palace was built facing the town. A two-level building, it hosted living chambers and a large living area. For military purposes, two new towers were constructed: the White Tower and the Artillery Tower. Also, the external yard was added for administration and storage. "
"Dating back to the early 1400's, Corvin Castle began, like many castles, as a military fortress. It was transformed through renovations by Ioan de Hunedoara in the 1440's. The castle's structure, while refurbished over the years, has remained largely the same since Ioan de Hunedoara's time. Walking through the castle is surreal. So much of it is original, including many, many stone stairs worn smooth by centuries of footfalls. It's not hard to imagine back to those ancient times, the people who lived here, and what their lives might have been like. "

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