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The wall I took this photo from is the same one Vlad's wife, the princess, threw herself off of. She was convinced, as was Vlad, that the citadel would be overrun. She feared being ravaged by the hordes of enemy troops and then being sold into slavery, so chose to kill herself.
To give you an idea of the elevation from the valley to the walls of Poienari Citadel, I climbed up from the road, which as can be seen from this view, is pretty much straight up. The building with the red roof, by the bend in the road, is said to be the staging area for the invading Turkish army to attack through the valley, then up the mountain.
Poienari Citadel was the true castle of Vlad The Impaler, aka Dracula, built in 1459 by Turkish prisoners who were to die by impalement if they were unfortunate enough to not die while working as slave labor.
This is the view looking up to Poienari Citadel, the true castle built by Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula. Believe it or not, this is the easiest route to the castle for would be invaders, as well as tourists.