No, not hardly! There is an article circulating on social media that claims Dracula’s Castle is for sale. I thought I would alert my fellow Vampire enthusiasts before we all rushed to the nearest bank to obtain a loan for the purchase!
The article, which can be found on opposingviews.com, is misleading to those who are not well versed in Vampire history. Those of us with a keen eye will call bullshit after having read the opening header of the article which says: Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula’s castle in Bram Stoker’s 1987 classic horror story, is for sale! For starters, Bram Stoker’s well known novel was published in 1897. The original movie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was released in 1973 and, of course, the remake was released in 1992.
The Bran Castle
Bran Castle has long been referred to as “Dracula’s Castle” and the inspiration behind Bram Stokers’ Dracula. The fact of the matter is though, Vlad the Impaler never lived in Bran Castle.
Vlad was allied with Bran and Brasov during his first reign (1436 – 1442) and through the start of his next reign, after the Princes of Transylvania requested that he handle the anti-Ottoman resistance at the border. During his second reign (1456 – 1462), however, his army passed through Bran in early 1459 to attack Brasov, in order to settle a conflict between the Wallachia Voivode and the Saxons, who requested higher customs taxes and supported his opponent for the throne. Vlad the Impaler burned the city’s suburbs and murdered hundreds of Saxons from Transylvania, provoking the Saxon community to seek revenge by later mentioning in reports that the Voivode were a tyrant and extremely ruthless.
It is possible that Vlad did visit the Castle but as far as Bran being his place of residence, not likely.
The Real Dracula Castle
So now that I’ve crushed some of you with the facts behind Bran Castle, let me once again, renew your enthusiasm for all things vampire!
There are other castles that are more closely associated with Vlad Tepes. For starters, Castle Poenari, was constructed by the rulers of Wallachia in the early 13th century. Ownership changed hands several times but eventually the castle was abandoned. Later, in the 15th century Vlad the Impaler would take over the property both to restore and fortify as his main fortress.
The Corvin Castle (aka the Hunyadi Castle, Hunedora Castle) is also associated with Vlad the Impaler. It is rumored to have housed him, at least in the sense of the word! The legend titles the Hunedora Castle as the true inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel as it is said that Vlad was held prisoner here by John Hunyadi. Hunyadi, for seven years after he was deposed.
Casa Vlad Dracul (aka Paulinus House) was the birthplace of Vlad Tepes. History states that the home was occupied by Vlad II between the years of 1431-1435. Our Vlad Tepes would have been, at the oldest, 4 in 1435, not yet having earned the title “Tepes!”
The home still stands to this day but has taken on a slightly different persona. Castle Vlad Dracul has been converted into a restaurant with a medieval atmosphere, maybe not so different than the daily lives of some of the past inhabitants.
Also, in the town of Tirgoviste, a palace lies in ruins but can still be seen on the side of a main street in town. Vlad would reside within this palace from 1448 – 1462. Having become Voivode of Wallachia (though briefly) in 1448, it was Tirgoviste that would see Vlad at his peak of ruthlessness.
Vlad’s reining years between 1456-1462 were host to the most brutal of his acts.
So there skeptics! Though Bran Castle has not lived up to its legend, there are many others to take its place!
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