Photographer's Note

Bran Castle is touted as Dracula's Castle, even though he might have only stayed there one night, and spent far more time at several other castles around Romania.

The 15th-century Prince Vlad the Impaler of Wallachia, who was also known as Dracula, was quite ruthless with any invading Ottomans as well as any Romanians he considered a threat. He was eventually betrayed to the Ottomans in 1476 by Basarab Laiotă (who had dethroned Vlad's brother, Radu) and his corpse was dismembered as 'payback' for his brutality. 'Dracula' is also the Romanian word for 'Dragon'.

"Dracula is the Slavonic genitive form of Dracul, meaning "[the son] of Dracul (or the Dragon)". In modern Romanian, dracul means "the devil", which contributed to Vlad's reputation."


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