Bran, earlier Bran Poartă (German Törzburg, Türzburg, Dietrichstein, Törcsvár Hungarian, Romanian variant Old Turciu) is a town in Brasov, Transylvania, Romania, located about 30 km from Brasov city.Toponimicul of Bran comes from Turkish and means wearing . Despite this, Bran had no connection with the village gate, they were initially separated by a thick forest of fir and beech forest that stretched from Southeast current castle to present Orthodox church of the Teutonic Poarta.Ordinul community began construction of a wooden fort (Bran) at the beginning of the thirteenth century. After it was destroyed by the Mongols in 1242, Sigismund of Hungary in 1377 began construction of a stone castle, while the settlement Bran began to develop nearby. Located on a steep ridge, the castle protect strategic path crossing between Transylvania and Wallachia. In 1498 Bran fell under the jurisdiction of Brasov.