Not a surprise. Take advantage of the rich, weird history you’ve got. Why not? Vampires are HOT.
Bulgaria’s ancient city of Sozopol on the Black Sea coast is teaming up with medieval Sighisoara in Romania, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the ruler thought to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Last year, archaeologists in Sozopol found the 700-year-old skeleton of a man with an iron spike through his chest. The old pagan ritual was meant to prevent “bad” dead people from rising from their graves.
The number of visitors to the archaeological museum in Sozopol has quadrupled since it exhibited the pierced skeleton this summer, Burgas 24 news website reports. However, with the “vampire trail” stretching to nearly 700 km, it would take a long day to bus tourists from one attraction to the other.
It’s obviously an attempt to join the paranormal tourism bandwagon that seems so popular these days. It’s not a bad idea if they keep it in line with history and not paranormal fiction.
They seem to imply that the Sozopol vampire is somehow related to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the famous Dracula character. Hmm.