Transfăgărășan is a 151 km length road, linking Bascov to DN1. It cross the Fagaras mountain at an altitude of 2042 m.

DN7c Transfăgărășan

Poenari fortress

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GPS Coordinates:
45,35382 N, 24,63521 E

On the upper course of river Argeș, next to Căpățâni an outpost was built in the XIIIth and XVth centuries. Later a legendary castle took shape here known as Poienari, first mentioned in 1453. The castle with its 2-3 meter thick walls and 5 guard towers was attacked only once, by the Turks in the summer of 1462. The northern wall of the castle collapsed during an earthquake in 1915. The castle was built straight on the rocks.

The towers had shingle roofs and the floor of the inside spaces was laid out of brick. It seems that there had been an apartment on the first floor. For safety the entrance to the first floor was accessible through a sliding ladder. Historians presume that the castle, far from any commercial routes, was actually built for hideout, a possible jail for prisoners of war or a treasure-house.

What is certain, is that the outpost was owned by the Vlad Dracul family. According to the legend in 1459 when Vlad Țepeș became ruler he ordered the arrest of all the noble families who took part in the murder of his father. As a punishment some were impaled and some were constrained to walk from Târgoviște, then the capital, to Poienar castle and build a fortress in the place of the old outpost. Another legend connects the building of the castle to the renowned ruler Negru Vodă. The large footprints left on a nearby rock are also attributed to him. Currently the castle is under reconstruction. One thing is certain, once you reach the top of the 1480 staircase the view is worth all the effort.

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