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Bran Castle, the castle of legendary Dracula, whas are catch on the midle of night , whenn are happened TE meeting in Romania.
The Bran fortress was built on a cliff between Măgura and The Hill of the Fortress, its position conferring an outstanding view towards both the hills of Moeciu and the ones from the Land of Barsa. The building of the fortress was imposed by strategic and economic reasons. The strategic reasons underlined by the expansion of the Ottoman Empire which, by the end of the XIV century, began threatening the south-eastern borders of Transylvania; the economic reasons, given by the fact that the commercial road, one of the most important access ways connecting Transylvania to Wallachia, crossed this area. All these reasons determined the Hungarian king Louis I of Anjou to develop strengthening works of the Bran pass.
The summer of 1441 the Turks initiate a new incursion in Transylvania, but are defeated in the district of Bran by Iancu de Hunedoara, prince of this province, who paid an extreme attention to the Bran Fortress and to the commercial road passing through this area, confirming the old commercial privilege granted to the people of Brasov by Mircea cel Batran and confirmed by Sigismund. Within the first months of the year 1459 the armies of Vlad Tepes, a Wallachian ruler, attack the city of Brasov through Bran, burning the suburbs and the old church of Bartholomew; this action came as a consequence of a commercial litigation between the Wallachian ruler and the merchants from Brasov. Bran was also the pass used by the armies of prince Stefan Bathory, when supporting Vlad Tepes in his second reign (1456-1462).

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