Martinuzzi Castle

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Place Category: FeaturePlace Tags: castle, jos, martinuzzi, romania, and vintu

  • Situated deep within the heart of the Transylvanian village of Vințu de Jos (also known as Unter-Wintz, Winzendorf, Weinsdorf, Alvinc, Binstum, or Aşağı Vinçazvar), the Martinuzzi Castle (also known as “Alvinc Castle”) is one of the most important masterpieces pertaining to the Italian Renaissance style in the region. Designated a site of historical significance by the Romanian government (in Romania’s National Register of Historic Monuments), the fortress bore witness to the assassination of George Martinuzzi (a Croatian nobleman and Pauline monk) at the hands of General Giovanni Battista Castaldo on the night of 16-17 December 1551. The castle lies in ruin nowadays but its grandeur can still be discerned with a keen eye.

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