A photo of Corvins’ Castle in Hunedoara got on the cover of “Lonely Plant” travel guide for Romania and Bulgaria. The castle’s manager Costin Tinca considers the advertising will draw more tourists in the future.
“I think the fact that the Corvins’ Castle is on the cover of this guide is free advertising for this historical monument abroad and will get tourists from all over the world. They could have used over 1,000 photos on the cover, from Peles to Bran, but instead they chose the Corvins’ Castle. We are proud on this,” Tinca said.
The Corvins’ Castle, also called Hunyad Castle was also included on the famous TripAdvisor travel portal among the first 5 holiday destinations in Romania, based on the votes cast by tourists who visited the castle. In 2013, US huffingtonpost.com also ranked the Castle in Hunedoara among fairy-tale palaces in the world. At the same time, according to tourism-review.com, a important news portal with multi-site locations publishing news articles about and for the tourism industry, Romania’s Hunyad Castle is one of the ten European residences and fortifications which are perfect examples of unique, must-see castles.
The Corvins’ Castle also became famous after hosting several cinema productions, among whom “Ghost Rider 2” movie starring Nicolas Cage. The castle is one of the most impressive and well-conserved Gothic castles in Europe.
The name of Hunyad Castle is closely tied to that of the Corvin (Corvinus) family, whose coat-of-arms represents a raven holding a ring in its beak. The Corvin family greatly influenced the European history in the 15th century; the first great personality of the family was Iancu of Hunedoara (John Hunyadi), who managed to stop the Turks from conquering Belgrade and from advancing towards Western Europe.
Construction work began in 1440, the castle being designed as a defence fortress and as prison – the towers often held captive war prisoners as well as ordinary criminals. Today, the Armoury receives hundreds of tourists every day, many of them unaware of the fact that they are treading in the footsteps of some of the most prominent rulers of mediaeval Europe.
In 2013, about 300,000 tourists visited the castle.