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Wallachia, Transylvania and the Real Dracula – 1/13/20

The new Dracula miniseries on Netflix is getting a lot of attention (I’ve watched it once but think two viewings might help me understand it better). Though Dracula is a purely fictional creation, British author Abraham Stoker named his infamous character after a real person who happened to have a taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia ,or as he is better known, Vlad the Impaler. By most accounts, Vlad III was born in 1431 in what is now Transylvania, the central region of modern-day Romania. You can visit the castle today, it’s nestled in the stunning Carpathian Mounstains, a mere 50 miles north-northwest of Bucharest, Romania. [Source: LiveScience.com]