Carta Postala - Castlelu Huniadestilor
Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania
The beautiful castle featured on today's postcard is nestled in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.
It was given to the father of John Hunyadi by the King of Hungary, Sigismund, in 1409. John Hunyadi is thought to be the illegitimate son of Sigismund, and the castle was given as severance.
The castle was modified and enlarged over the years and the once Gothic facade took on the look of the Renaissance. One of the last additions was the castle keep. This tower shown in the far right on the post card is meant to be the last defense of the castle. It is called "Neboisa" which is Serbian for "Not afraid!"
John Hunyadi (Romanian: Ioan Hunedoara) is celebrated in the history of Hungary and Romania for his military genius and for uniting many of the Christian countries of Europe to fight the onslaught of the Muslim forces.
Hunyadi Coat of Arms
The family coat of arms includes a raven holding a ring in his mouth. An interesting family legend based on fact that can be found here.
I found this - the one and only postcard - among pictures of my husband's family. His father purchased the card around 1925. and wrote "remembrance of Huneadora castle Hunyadi on the back. You will notice that the name V. Koncsat is crossed out. This is - according to Conciatu family myth legend and fact - the Hungarian spelling of the name Conciatu. It means - approximately - "handsome man on horseback". I'll go with that!
Emilia and Vasile Conciatu (c. 1911) in traditional Romanian dress
My Sepia Saturday photo shows Vasile at about age two. He was born in the USA and is the step brother of the young men, Evrin and John Jovin, featured in last week's post. I determined that the pictures posted last week are of John Jovin and found 2 additional and previously unidentified pictures of John. While solving mysteries I uncovered even more questions....stay tuned.
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