Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle, is the medieval citadel of Hunedoara (a town located in West Romania). Its architecture goes back to the XVIII century and it is one of the most representative feudal gothic art in Europe and also one of the Seven Wonders of Romania'. On the ground floor, you can find the castle's prison which has the original massive door. Other significant parts of the building are the Knights' Hall (a great reception hall), the Club Tower, the White bastion, which served as a food storage room, and the Diet Hall, on whose walls medallions are painted (among them there are the portraits of Matei Basarab, ruler from Wallachia, and Vasile Lupu, ruler of Moldavia).

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In the wing of the castle called the Loggia Mantia, a painting portrays the legend of the raven from which the name of the descendants of John Hunyadi, Corvinus came. Loggia Matia is on he left side of the Tower and its architecture goes back to he Renaissance Period, being the oldest part of Corvin Castle.

The Legend of the Raven: The Corvins' coat of arms is a raven with a gold ring in its beak. The legend says that John Hunyadi was the bastard son of Sigismund, king of Hungary, with a beautiful woman called Elisabeth. To spare her from disgrace and shame, king Sigismund weds her to Voicu, one of his brave knights, and also gives her unborn child a gold ring so he would be recognized when he arrived at the royal court. One day, Voicu his family went on a journey. On the way they stop to eat and the gold ring is left on the ground near an oak.

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A raven is attracted to the luster of the ring and tries to fly away with it. The young boy, John Hunyadi, picks up a bow and strucks down the raven thus recovering the ring. Years passed and John Hunyadi finally arrived at the royal court. He tells the story of the raven, and king Sigismund being impressesd by his tale decides that the raven with the gold ring would be the Corvins' coat of arms. Also the name Corvin (in lattin corvus means raven) strengthens the symbol.

The Legend of the Secret Tunnel is one of the most bizarre tales that circulates arround Corvin Castle. It says that a secret tunnel was built by he owners to escape in case of an attack. The presumed tunnel was built under one of the castle's chambers towards the Citadel of Deva, located almoust 20 killometers away.

The Legend of the Fountain states that 12 Turkish prisoners dug a 30 meter fountain, their captors promised them freedom once they would find water. So, for 15 years they dug and when they found water they were killed.

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One of the prisoners wrote an inscription on a wall that says: "you have water, but not soul." However, specialists have translated the inscription as: "he who wrote this inscription was Hassan, who lives as slave of the giabours" (Hungarian nobility), in the fortress near the church.

The Legend of the Murdered Princess says the secret tunnel is inspired by the tale of Barbarra Torok, the wife of John Torok (a former owner of the castle), whom was punnished for commiting adultery. Her death was violent, a wooden stake was nailled into her skull, and she died slowly and painfully. But that wasn't enough, the legend says that she wasn't even buried as a normal christian, her husband considering that she didn't deserve a funeral because of her sin. So she was put in a coffin and hidden in a secret tunnel that connects the castle to a Reformed Church called The Church of The Red Aspens. People started to declare that paranormal activity was happening there. In February 2007, Corvin Castle played host to the British paranormal television program Most Haunted Live! for a three-night live investigation into the spirits reported to be haunting the castle. Results were inconclusive, but that didn't stop the rummors and the legends that continue to go back and forth around Corvin Castle. #News