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?
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…
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.