My dear friends from all over the world, since its Halloween tonight I thought about a nice-and-scary article related to Romanian history and also the thing that make Romania famous : Dracula.
I’ve been visiting Sighisoara medieval city were he lived and there is an old house named “Casa Vlad Dracul” . Now there is a restaurant with Romanian typical food and some “dracula food” but in the past – 15th century – was the house of Vlad Dracul.
Evidence of his presence is the famous “Portrait with turban” on the western wall in the room of the restaurant on the first floor. The fresco originally presented four characters, of which only three are left, including a women, all wearing western clothes and one with a turban. Of the four characters two are the owners of the house and the two important person in the centre of the painting are “the guests”, the person with the turban being Vlad Dracul. In the art critic’s opinion this is the only painting presenting the ruler of Walachia. (Casa Vlad Dracul)
A little bit of short history : There is a line of “Draculas” but the most famous and the one that inspired Bram Stoker is Vlad the Impaler (posthumously dubbed, in Romanian Vlad Tzepesh) and was a three-time Voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the incipient Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. Prince Vlad Dracul, the one with the turban, is his father that lived in Sighisoara between 1431-1436 when his son was born.
The name Dracula was bestowed to Vlad, the old voivod, in 1431 when Sigismund of Luxemburg made him member of the Dragon order, hence from the Latin Draco (dragon) the name Dracul was derived.
As the cognomen ‘The Impaler’ suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies is central to his historical reputation. During his lifetime, his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The total number of his victims is estimated in the tens of thousands …so that is how Bram Stoker got inspired and put together the idea of Vampires and Vlad the Impaler.
Of course, this is the official truth…you, believers know that somewhere there are real vampires😀.
So, back to the house, th restaurant is very nice and it also has a touristic “house of Dracula” that you can visit and…meet the Count…
I went for it and I really thought it was a doll until I got so scared because of the way he jumped from a coffin…I shouldn’t say this here because its nice to have a surprise going there…but….if you are like me…maybe you should now that you are going to get scared…Not the Count scared but the way he got out of the coffin in that Gothic music :)).
So, now you want to visit Sighisoara and maybe have a Halloween party there?🙂
Oh…I forgot to say that after getting scared I went to the other room, with the painting and when I returned to the one with the coffin he managed to scare me …again! Yeah…you can laugh…