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Romania’s Dracula: Where the Bloody Legend Began

Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. To his enemies he was known as one thing: Vlad the Impaler. See where the 15th-century tyrant and later inspiration of Bram Stoker’s Dracula left his bloody footprint.

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Alleged burial site of Vlad the Impaler
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Snagov Monastery

On a tiny islet, surrounded by a lake, stands Snagov Monastery. Vlad enthusiasts have been claiming since the 19th century that Vlad himself is buried inside this monastery, roughly 25 miles from Bucharest. While there’s no definitive proof of it, it sure makes for an intriguing story.

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