|Little is known about the early years of Dracula's life. He had a elder brother, Mircea, and a younger brother named Radu. He was raised at Targoviste after his father succeeded in claiming the Wallachian throne and killing his Danesti rival. The Princely Court was built in the 14th century for Mircea the Old and remained a residence for Wallachia's princes until the reign of Constantin Brancoveanu in 1688. From the 27m Sunset Tower (Turnul Chindiei), guards would announce the closing of the city gates as the sun went down.