Dracula’s Castle, Anyone?

July 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM | Posted in History, Travel | Leave a comment
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Just found out from the news yesterday that the Bran Castle — popularly known as Dracula’s Castle — is up for sale for an estimated price of $135 million. The castle’s owner, Archduke Dominic von Habsburg, who is the son of the late Romanian Princess Ileana, said that maintenance of the castle has become costly and he and his family are willing to sell it to someone who will respect and continue to preserve its history.

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Photo courtesy of AboutRomania.com

This medieval castle, which was built in 1377, has 57 rooms and a secret passageway that leads up to the watch towers. It is situated atop a rocky hill that overlooks the village of Bran bordering between Transylvania and Wallachia. It is currently being used as a museum and is Romania’s top tourist attraction. It was said that Vlad the Impaler stayed in this castle for one night back in the 1400s.

It would be interesting to visit this place. I’d like to see this castle myself someday. Just to roam around the castle and look at its interiors including its collection of antique furniture and other pieces of medieval art would be a thrilling experience.  I bet it would be pretty exciting (not to mention scary!) to sleep in one of the rooms of the castle even for just one night.

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