If you have ever wanted to own a castle, Count Dracula’s castle is for sale again. Today, the Huffington Post reports that the historical Bran Castle can be yours for an undisclosed price; but it does not include any vampires or commodes. The firm of Herzfeld & Rubin is handling the transaction. The castle has 57 rooms and sits on 22 acres. It also averages 560,000 visitors per year who pay to see the historical castle.
It is believed that Bram Stoker based Dracula’s castle from a picture of the Bran Castle. The picture appeared in a book titled "Transylvania: Its Product and Its People" by Charles Boner. According to the Bran Castle website, it was completed in 1388, and is the only castle in Transylvania that matched Stoker’s description.
Moreover, it’s a common misconception that Vlad Dracul of Wallachia also known as “Vlad the Impaler” lived in the castle. Although he never lived in the castle, he once spent two months in the castle as a prisoner. Stoker’s Dracula character is based on Vlad Dracul, a blood thirsty nobleman known for his hatred of the Ottoman Turks.
According to The Live Science website, Vlad had a reputation for his cruelty. It’s believed he killed nearly 80,000 people. These included women, children and the elderly. Vlad was known to dip his bread into the blood of his victims. However, he is mostly known for impaling his victims.
The process involved inserting a pole through a victim’s rectum or vagina and exiting through the mouth, shoulders or neck. The pole was then raised, which caused victims to die a slow and painful death over a period of days. Vlad then dined outside so he could witness his victims howl and cry in agony as they died.
Of his 80,000 victims, he kept 20,000 impaled bodies outside the city of Targoviste. The horrific smell and the scene of crows and insects feasting on the rotting corpses once terrified an opposing Turkish sultan enough to make him turn around and retreat back to Constantinople. Vlad’s terror finally came to an end when he lost his own head during a battle in 1476. His head was then delivered to Mehmed II in Constantinople to keep as a trophy.