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Visit the Final Resting Place of Vlad the Impaler...AKA Dracula

If you dare...

In the 1400s, the rulers of the area known as Wallachia, in the Carpathian Mountain regions of what is now Romania were known as Voivode. The most famous of these men was an infamous Vlad the Impaler, often known by the nickname Dracula, which meant “son of the Dragon” (his father’s military sobriquet). Today, the term Dracula is used almost exclusively to refer to the vampire made famous in Bram Stoker’s Victorian novel of the same name, and Stoker borrowed many of the most horrific stories about the historical Dracula to inform his story about undead monsters.

Though many of Vlad’s most horrific acts would today be considered war crimes, many (especially in Romania) believe his cruelty was partially invented or exaggerated by German and Slavic writers to undermine his leadership and Romanian national spirit. It is true that stories about Vlad and his evil deeds were popular bestsellers from the 15th to the 18th century.


This video is of the Snagov Monastery on an island near Bucharest. Though local tradition claims that this is the final resting place of Vlad the Impaler, there has never been any verification of this history, and many historians and archaeologists alike dispute the claims of the locals who insist that this is the home of the original “Dracula” (especially for the benefit of tourists).

The walls of the building are covered with murals from the fifteenth century, however, so even if this is not the infamous ruler’s burial spot, it does give a sense of the what buildings may have looked life during his reign of terror.