Bran Castle

Bran CastleBran Castle is an impressive looking castle located near Bran in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. It is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. And for this reason, it became known today as the residence of a popular character of past and present folklore, Dracula.

Dracula’s Castle

The Bran Castle is one of the castles associated with the Dracula legend, after the character of Bram Stoker’s very popular novel. Despite its title, there is little or no evidence to support that Stoker even knew about the said castle. The name may have been taken from a more real life character that once lived inside the castle.

The Real Dracula

Bran Castle was once home to the ruthless Prince Vlad Tepes, ruler of Wallachia. He was the son of Vlad Dracul who was a knight of the Dragon Order. Price Vlad was known to take up the name as the "Devil’s Son". He was also known to be the basis for the character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Prince Vlad Tepes was known as a ruthless king throughout Wallachia. He was especially cruel to anyone in his court who goes against him as well as to his enemies. He is known to be a staunch enemy of the Ottoman Empire and resisted every means of invasion in his kingdom. He was known for his ruthless methods of torture. His preferred method was impaling his enemies and rivals atop long poles. He was also known to line up the streets with his impaled victims to serve as warning to those who try to go against him. This also gave the ruthless prince another nickname, Vlad The Impaler. He was also known to eat parts of some of his victims after he skins, boils or roasts them.

Castle Ghosts

The dark history behind the castle and its ruthless resident may have brought about the various stories of ghosts sightings inside the castle. The castle has a courtyard which contains a hidden tunnel under the fountain that goes 50 meters underground. Visitors to the castle have reported hearing chilling screams and moans emanating from the said tunnel. Some report of seeing the spirit of the ruthless ruler inside the castle, usually in a certain chamber that he once frequent. Some pictures taken inside the castle seem to capture mysterious mists and light streaks that some attribute to spirits and ghosts haunting Bran Castle.

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