The Irish writer Bram Stoker, was the creator of one of the most emblematic and important characters of horror: Dracula. Since a long time, this vampire has conquered the hearts of many of his victims, within the genre of dark romanticism, and of course? he generally shows himself as an elegant and mysterious man but with extremely macabre intentions.
Well, if you were or are a fan of this magnificent character you should know that his castle can be yours!
The so-called “Dracula’s castle”, a medieval fortress located in the north of today’s Romania, in the region of Transylvania, has been put up for sale.
Bran Castle, was built between 1377 and 1388, and owes its notoriety to the fact that the novelist Bram Stoker was inspired by it to write the descriptions of Count Dracula’s dwelling, in the classic gothic horror novel.
This castle has become one of the main tourist attractions in the region, although specialists say that the Prince of Wallachia Vlad III Draculea (the Impaler), a historical figure who led to the fictional Dracula, never lived under its roof.
The exact price asked for the castle is not known, but it has been reported to be around $64-80 million dollars. Experts point out that this price is below the real value of the fortress, which could exceed 100 million dollars.
The numerous film versions together with the pop culture have turned Bran Castle into Dracula’s castle forever.
Although the writer Bram Stoker never set foot inside this palace, he was able to get to know it through English libraries which provided all the maps and reference books he needed, from this point onwards his ghoulish imagination did the rest and added some magic into the castle.
“Count Dracula, he of the “hard-looking mouth, with very red lips and sharp-looking teeth, as white as ivory,” inhabited “a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.”
In real life, the castle was never home to any monsters but had inhabitants such as Hungarians and Teutonic knights and the infamous Vlad the Impaler (inspiration of Dracula), who may have been briefly imprisoned there in the 15th century.
Bran Castle fell into the hands of the Romanian royal family and was confiscated by the government in 1958, and over time the palace was returned to the possession of the current royal heirs, who maintain it.
In case you are interested in just visiting the castle, you can do it! they have a low and high season for visitors. Their high season which is from April to September is approaching and their opening hours during this period are from Monday 12 pm – 6 pm and Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Better plan your visit on time!
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