© Emicristea (Help) © Emicristea (Help) © Emicristea (Help) Rasnov Fortress is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian mountains, 150 m above the town of Rasnov in Romania. It is 15 km southwest of Brasov and also about 15 km from Bran Castle. The fortress is on the Bran Pass, a trade route connecting Wallachia with Transylvania.
The antique name of the city was Cumidava, mentioned by Claudius Ptolemeus, in his writings about the
Saxons first settled in Transylvania in the 11th century, and the Saxon town of Rasnov was founded in 1225. Following the first Tartar invasion of 1241, a series of fortresses were constructed by the Teutonic Knights to defend the people. Rasnov Fortress is one of these peasant fortresses. This castle differs from some in that it was meant to be a place of refuge for... [ Read more...