Was Vlad Tepes, Dracula, buried in Italy?

Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, was a Romanian folk hero ruling from 1456 to 1462, protecting native land against the Ottoman empire. He was posthumously known as Vlad the Impaler from his nasty habit of hoisting enemy bodies on spears for all to see. Because of the House of his father, he was known as Dracula which provided inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel. Has his tomb been found?

‘Dracula’s tomb’ discovered in Italy – ARCHAEOLOGY.

Estonian researchers believe they may have finally discovered the whereabouts of “Dracula’s” grave, which is in Italy and not the Romanian Transylvanian Alps as first thought.

In 1476, Vlad Tepes disappeared in battle. While some sources have claimed he died, researchers claim he was in fact imprisoned by the Turks, who hauled him away in chains. His daughter Maria was meanwhile brought to the Neapolitan court, whose ruling family was allied with her own family, where she was adopted and eventually married to a Neapolitan nobleman.

Scholars from the University of Tallinn say they have discovered evidence that suggests the count was taken prisoner, ransomed to his daughter in Italy and then buried in a church in Naples.

Researchers are claiming a newly uncovered headstone in Naples’ Piazza Santa Maria la Nova, in the same graveyard as his daughter and son-in-law, could be his final resting place.

Other than the evidence that he may have been in Italy, the tomb contains dragon symbolism. As always, the claim is questionable. Additional info is welcome. Undoubtedly, such a location would become a popular tourist attraction. I expect it will be difficult to prove. Watch for this to be morphed into a silly Dracula’s tomb story by the mainstream media. Oh too late…

Researchers discover, plan to open Dracula’s grave – WXYZ.com.

Undoubtedly people will think there is an undead creature in the tomb. People are not that up on distinguishing fiction vs fact. It’s important to understand the following:

  • Vampires are a folk legend.
  • Count Dracula, famous monster of the movie/book is a fictional character that did not exist
  • Vlad Tepes, Dracul, was a historical person known for cruelty but was NOT a vampire.
Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, Son of Dracul

Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, Son of Dracul

  15 comments for “Was Vlad Tepes, Dracula, buried in Italy?

  1. ThisGuy
    June 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    It’s entirely possible that it is indeed the tomb of Tepes. I guess proper research will show. Only the most foolish will *actually* think there’s a vampire in there.

    I know it won’t happen, but Ima still hope for a zombie with which to start the titular apocalypse.

  2. Fortean_UK
    June 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Folk hero? He was infamous for impaling his own subjects, including children and babies, to show invaders how ruthless he was.

  3. Tracy
    June 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    At least this type of claim is fairly easy to test, assuming there are remains suitable for DNA testing and assuming known descendants can be found to test against.

  4. Jonathan Ferguson
    June 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Doesn’t stop Romanians from treating him as a folk hero, which they do. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  5. H.K. Fauskanger
    June 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    “Vampires are a folk legend” — indeed.

    Moreover, the vampires of the “real” Slavic legends were quite different from the vampire image cultivated in Western novels from the 1800s on. The folkloristic vampires were apparently little more than walking, disgusting corpses, far more like the modern zombie myth.

    Nothing is said about them having fangs. They were not sexy or alluring. They did not have wonderfully enhanced senses, higher consciousness and all sorts of cool supernatural powers. You would not want to become a vampire.

    Folklore can be quite disappointing sometimes.

  6. Nos482
    June 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    At least they didn’t sparkle…

  7. busterggi
    June 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Problem is all those horror stories were produced by his political enemies and parallel stories are told about Ivan the Terrible as well.

  8. busterggi
    June 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I look forward to further research on this and will report the findings to my friend Mercy Brown.

  9. Alex Kleine
    June 14, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    It can be totally confirmed IF they can extract DNA samples from the corpse and find descendants of the Tepes family line living in Europe today. Other than that this piece of news has got me more excited than that Richard the III find. I wish the researchers luck on uncovering more discoveries on this unprecedented find.

  10. spookyparadigm
    June 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler

    1. Not the first claim of Dracula’s tomb

    2. This seems unlikely, both because there are records of his death and dismemberment, and second, the supposed symbolism Da Vinci code style, has an issue. Tepes means “impaler,” it’s not a family name he inherited. I can buy the Dragon = Dracula thing. But the Thebes = Tepes on his tomb seems weird. Considering he was being demonized (literally, eventually) in Western Europe as the brutal impaler, is this really something that’s going to be emphasized in tomb iconography? And if you’re going to do so, why not just do so, instead of this roundabout puzzle?

    The whole case seems based on this kind of word play, admittedly most of it dracocentric which makes more sense, but some of it seems just as ridiculous

    http://www.swide.com/art-culture/is-dracula-story-real-vampires-daughter-and-tomb-found-in-naples/2014/06/12

  11. Gary
    June 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    According to this: http://bshistorian.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/tomb-of-dracula/, this story is complete fiction.

  12. June 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Maybe it’s actually “Brad Tepes”.

  13. eddi
    June 15, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    He was a hero for defying (mostly) the Turks. As busterggi says, his enemies wrote his biography after he was safely dead. And with intent, I would suspect, to kiss up to the new owners of Transylvania, the Turks.

  14. eddi
    June 15, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    Bram Stoker has to “humanize” the Count to make him an understandable, yet evil enemy.

  15. Madalina
    June 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Well, the media did one hell of a job with you, sir!
    But of course he was killing babies – and I dare say he was even turning them into steak after…or during, you figure that out. (I am slowly clapping right now)
    Might I ask, good sir, what kind of academic research paper in Romanian Medieval History have you read? Where did you find such an example of objective account of his bloody deeds? And moreover – how do you know that Romanians resent this shadowy character?

    I, for one, guarantee that here, in Romania, he is a folk hero.
    Yes, we have chosen to ignore all that bloodshed, because here, my friend, in the deep Carpathian forest – here flesh is grass.
    I hope that lives up to you expectations about us Romanians – and if it doesn’t – come visit us.

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