It’s a cliché, really, but often Transylvania is automatically associated with Dracula. Stories of vampires hailing from the region run the gamut from Sesame Street fame to musicals like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
So where is Transylvania, exactly?
Transylvania is a region located in the middle of Romania. It is the largest region in Romania and supposedly one of the most beautiful natural spots in all of Europe. Nestled in the mist-laden Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania boasts a thriving tourist industry–mainly because of Dracula fame.
But was there ever a bloodsucking count in Transylvania to spawn this reputation?
Dracula, the famous novel written by Irish author Bram Stoker, was part imagination and part truth. Stoker was undoubtedly inspired by medieval history and folklore surrounding Vlad the Impaler, who lived in the 1400s and ruled as Prince of Wallachia during the mid to late 15th century. He was a member of the Order of the Dragon (Dracul) and at times a vicious military commander, driven by a desire for revenge against his father, known to impale his victims from end to end on spikes–a brutal, gruesome, and SLOW death that no doubt left the ground red with his enemies’ blood. Rumor and legend embellished the story from there, suggesting that he also drank the spilled blood. Who knows if that was actually true or not…
Funnily enough, today, Vlad the Impaler’s home is a restaurant (yum) and a museum.
Transylvania remains on my bucket list of places I’d like to see. What places would you like to visit?
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