A large tableland region of NW Romania, separated from the rest of the country by the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian Alps. Part of Hungary until it became a principality of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, it was returned to Hungary at the end of the 17th century and was incorporated into Romania in 1918.
based on Latin trans 'across, beyond' + silva 'forest'.
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- At Bran Castle (known as Dracula's Castle) high up on a Transylvanian precipice, entrepreneurs sell gorgeous hand-knit sweaters, embroidered cloths and wooden or pottery artefacts.
- Narrow streets, paved with packed snow at this time of year, run between old-style Transylvanian row houses tucked behind tall courtyard walls closed with big wooden gates.
- In 1476, after the death of his younger brother Radu, Dracula invaded Walachia with the help of Transylvanian and Moldovian armies, and won back the throne.
Definition of Transylvania in:
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