A rare story about vampires does not do without the most important vampire - Count Dracula, who for more than one century has been stirring people's hearts with his devilish personality.
It can be assumed with a high probability thatMost people have heard the story, watched a movie or read a piece about the world's most famous bloodsucker, Count Dracula. However, the legends of merciless bloodsuckers date back to ancient times.
The most famous vampire has firmly entered the hearts andMinds of people after the publication of the novel by Bram Stoker "Dracula", which was created in 1897. Thanks to the active development of cinematography, television and mass media, the image of the main antagonist of the novel was replicated, repeatedly modified and changed beyond recognition. There were children of Dracula, opponents, many legends about his life and other free interpretation of the image.
Mass image Dracula acquired in the second half of XX century.
It is assumed that the prototype of the bloodsuckersServed as a legendary real man - Vlad III Dracula (Tepes). Vlad III was a stern ruler of Wallachia (modern Romania) in the Middle Ages. The nickname "Dracula" was fixed after Dracula's father - Vlad II, who was a member of the knightly Order of the Dragon, whose symbolism was a dragon curled into a ring. The nickname "Tsepe" was given by the Turks only 30 years later, it means "count". It is supposed that, allegedly, the ruler of Walachia, the favorite method of execution was to land a stake. However, it should be specially emphasized that Vlad III distinguished himself by a fierce struggle against the Turkish yoke and considerably weakened the position of the latter on the territory of modern Romania, Hungary. Therefore, the Turks' desire to present Vlad III as a despot, a tyrant and a murderer, which he, possibly, was towards the Turkish invaders is quite justified.
The literary and real castles of Count Dracula
The majestic medieval castle inTransylvania, which is positioned as the house of the bloody count, is called Bran, and is located 30 kilometers from Brasov. The structure, built in the XIV century, has several towers, including the dungeon, the courtyard and a number of outbuildings, in addition to the main building. According to the legends, Vlad several times stayed at the castle and even liked to hunt in his picturesque surroundings, full of dense forests. Admittedly, the castle looks very colorful and appropriate, so few doubt the truth of folk tales.
The lock is the private property of the descendantRomanian kings - Dominic of Habsburg. The castle is open to visitors for tourist purposes, so many tourists have the opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages and imbue with ominous legends about Dracula.
The house of Vlad III absolutely does not look like an ancient castle from the Middle Ages.
The present building where Vlad III lived, is in the historical part of the Romanian city of Sighisoara. This is a simple three-story building, not distinguished by an abundance of decorative elements.