One of the most mysterious locations in Romania is Iulia Hasdeu Castle, located in the town of Campina, 40 km north of Ploiesti.
The small Iulia Hasdeu Castle was built by historian and politician Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu in the city of Câmpina, Romania between 1893 and 1896, after Hasdeu’s daughter, Iulia Hasdeu, died at the young age of 19, an event that dramatically shook and changed Hasdeu’s life. He claimed that his passed daughter provided the plans for building the castle during sessions of spiritism.
The castle was built on the principle of the magical numbers 3 and 7, with three towers, three cellars and seven stairs that lead to them.
Iulia Hasdeu was outstandingly gifted and considered a genious: at the tender age of 2 she was already speaking high French and at age of 11 she wrote a theather play. At 16 she was admitted to univeritary studies at the prestigious Univeristy of Sorbonne, Paris. Sadly, she died at only 18 from Tuberculosis.
The ghost stories from Iulia Hasdeu’s castle have perpetuated since the interwar period. The mourning father – the scientist Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu – who never recovered after the death of his only daughter Iulia, tried to communicate with her through spiritism sessions.
There are many reports that the old piano uses to sing alone, and strange details appears on photographs.
So if you are interested in paranormal or just wish to learn more about the history of this unique place, the castle is quite close to Bucharest and you can include it on your visting schedule quite easily as it’s not far from the main road to Sinaia.
It will for sure be an interesting experience!