Category: Weird Articles
Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00
The Dracula we all know from pop culture and movies is the fictional creation of acclaimed Irish writer Bram Stoker. However, there was in fact a 15th Century Romanian general named Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula. It is believed that Stoker drew inspiration from the bloodthirsty and ruthless Wallachian Prince for his 1897 horror novel. If you love macabre stuff and have $80 million to spare, the spooky castle which the original Dracula used to brood around in is up for sale and can be yours!
The Romanian prince was posthumously given the nickname “Vlad the Impaler” for his sadistic pleasure of watching his enemies impales onto giant stakes and sliding down to an agonizing death. It was a gruesome sight to behold and one which successfully scared off future enemies when his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad.
Vlad the Impaler
A typical German pamphlet from 1521 gives numerous examples of Vlad's horrific torture methods, such as the following: “He roasted children, whom he fed to their mothers. And (he) cut off the breasts of women, and forced their husbands to eat them. After that, he had them all impaled.”
The number of victims that he tortured and eventually killed range from 40,000 to 100,000. In addition to that, he also had entire villages and fortresses destroyed and burned to the ground.
538 years after his death, his Romanian castle a.k.a Bran Castle is now up on the real estate market for a whooping $80 million. These days, without Vlad's presence of course, it is slightly less intimidating and daunting to set foot into the castle since you don't have to worry about being captured and impaled. Do not be fooled by the castle at night, in the day time it is actually quite lovely and located in a picturesque countryside. Around 500,000 tourists visit this famous castle every year.
The cruel dictator's torture pad is currently owned by the Romanian royal family. It has been re-renovated and actually looks quite awesome. Just imagine the money you would be able to con out of those annoyingly bubbly tourists, or even all the Halloween parties you could host there after dark.