Poenari Castle was built in the 13th century on a cliff. However, in the 15th century, realizing the potential for a castle perched high on a steep precipice of rock, Vlad III the Impaler repaired and consolidated the structure, making it one of his main fortresses.
To reach Poenari Castle, visitors need to climb 1,480 steps. Imagine what it would have been like trying to get to this castle before the Ministry of Tourism built steps?? No wonder it was only defeated twice in 600 years before being abandoned.