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Rasnov Fortress donning medieval clothes

The second edition of the Medieval Festival of the Rasnov Fortress will take place this weekend, coinciding with the feast of Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order of the Knights of Malta. Noble princes and fair ladies, over 200 fearless knights parading through the city, a medieval camp, medieval jousting and traditional dishes will bring the medieval atmosphere back to life for three days. In the medieval camp visitors will learn how to use bows, swords and how to ride horses. A different part of the camp will feature jousting games in which the atmosphere of the great knightly battles in which the nobility affirmed itself will be relieved. The knights’ parade will take place on Saturday. An exhibition of medieval shields and armor will take place within the fortress. The medieval banquet will take place in the evening, its menu featuring dragon’s belly, dragon’s belly served in flames, roasted ram with honey, roasted boar, roasted chops and fortune cookies. The evening’s highlight will be the distribution of fortune cookies, two of which will contain marked almonds that will designate the king and the queen of the banquet. On Sunday the camp will remain open for all fans. In the morning the knights will attend a religious service dedicated to Satin John the Baptist’s Day in Rasnov’s old church and they will then visit the Bran Castle. The event is organized by the Sovereign Order of Malta with the support of the Rasnov City Hall.

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