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Dracula Still Lives in Romania?

Updated on October 30, 2011
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Home of Dracula in Romania
Home of Dracula in Romania

The Story

I think that everybody, by now, has heard of Bram Stoker’s Dracula or at least some variation of it. What perhaps not so many people know is that, it was based on a real person.

In the 15th century, Wallachia was a province of Romania, nestled between the Transylvanian Alps and the Danube River. This part of the world was used to bloodshed as it played a major role in defending Europe from the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Its ruler was known as Vlad Dracul, meaning Vlad the Dragon, as he adorned a Dragon as his personal symbol.

When his son, who was born in 1430 and also named Vlad, came to power he was given the title Dracula {Son of the Dragon}.

Dracula, having been brought up in extremely bloody times, seemed to have a liking for at least the sight of blood if not the taste. His favorite form of sentence was to have people impaled on either iron or wooden stakes but would also pronounce that someone should be skinned alive or other methods that took his fancy. Although he ruled for less than ten years, when he also suffered a bloody death, it is believed he was responsible for 50,000 deaths.

It is said he would often eat in sight of the corpses which led to tales of cannibalism, although that hasn’t been proved.

Vlad Dracula
Vlad Dracula

Does the Story Live On?

After his death, this bloodthirsty and ruthless leader, obviously became the villain in many tales and is believed to finally culminate in being the figure Bram Stoker based his character on.

His body had been placed in a tomb on an island, in a lake. When, at the beginning of this century, his tomb was opened, it was empty. Had somebody stolen the corpse to put a stake through its heart or is there more truth to Bram’s story than we think?


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      chinnumol 6 years ago


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      Lisa Stover 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Or maybe he is still stalking around today? lol