Tag: Transylvania

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Might Have Been Inspired From An Irish Legend

The highly popular Gothic horror character created by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel entitled ‘Dracula’ might have actually been inspired from an Irish folk legend instead of the historical prince of Wallachia Vlad III Dracul (Vlad III the Dragon) who reigned during the late Middle Ages. While the most popular theory regarding Dracula’s origin…


The History Of The Medieval Saxon Fortified Churches In Transylvania

Since the High Middle Ages, a German-speaking population known as the Transylvania Saxons has been living in southern and north-eastern Transylvania, Romania. One of their greatest historical achievements is represented by the architecture and usages of a series of fortified churches, which can be still found in many places in the proximity of the Carpathians….


Pioneering Spacecraft Propulsion In Late Medieval Transylvania

Conrad Haas was a Transylvanian Saxon engineer of Austrian origin (born in Dornbach, near Vienna) who lived in the city of Hermannstadt (Romanian: Sibiu) from the Principality of Transylvania at some point in the late Middle Ages/Renaissance period. Prior to his arrival in Transylvania, present-day Romania, Conrad Haas was in charge of the arsenal of…


The Transylvanian Saxon Citadel Of Reps

Repser Burg or Reps (also known in the Transylvanian Saxon dialect as Räppes, in Romanian as Rupea and in Hungarian as Kőhalom) is a Transylvanian Saxon citadel located in Brașov county, south-eastern Transylvania, Romania. In late Antiquity, on the site on which the citadel was subsequently built by the German colonists during the High Middle Ages there…


The Transylvanian Saxon Fortified Church Of Birthälm (Biertan)

The Transylvanian Saxon fortified church of Birthälm (Romanian: Biserica fortificată din Biertan) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Transylvania, Romania. Along with six other fortified churches (five Saxon ones and a Székely one), it is part of UNESCO’s list of ‘Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania’. The inscription of these medieval landmarks to UNESCO dates back…