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Tomb of 'Dracula' discovered in Naples

Posted on Saturday, 14 June, 2014 | Comment icon 31 comments

Vlad the Impaler. Image Credit: Nicolae Iorga
The alleged tomb of the infamous 16th century tryant Vlad the Impaler has been uncovered in Italy.
The main inspiration for Bram Stoker's iconic vampire Dracula, Count Vlad Tepes was one of the most feared men in 16th century Romania.

Thought to have died on the battlefield in 1476, Tepes' final resting place has remained something of a mystery, but now researchers believe that the infamous impaler may have actually survived the battle and had instead ended up being captured by the Turks.

His daughter Maria was believed to have paid a ransom to have him released and taken to Italy.

In support of this version of events a curious headstone was recently discovered in Naples' Piazza Santa Maria La Nova, the same graveyard in which his daughter and son-in-law are buried. The stone was found to be adorned with images and symbols more indicative of Translylvanian origins than of an Italian nobleman.

"When you look at the bas-relief sculptures the symbolism is obvious," said historian Raffaello Glinni. "The dragon means Dracula and the two opposing sphinxes represent the city of Thebes also called Tepes. In these symbols, Dracula Tepes, the very name of the count is written."

Researchers are now seeking permission to investigate the grave further.

Source: Catholic Online | Comments (31)

Tags: Dracula, Vlad The Impaler

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #22 Posted by Harry_Dresden on 21 June, 2014, 23:33
I've seen enough movies to know what happens to people that open Dracula's crypt. Better that we find some of Van Helsing's descendants, me thinks.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 21 June, 2014, 23:39
The word's interchangeable in older dialects. Which is something a former forumite took as a personal slight as he was sure as anything that dragons were not only real, but God was a dragon. Also, when they do the documentary about this discovery, who else wants it narrated by Sir Chris Lee?
Comment icon #24 Posted by DieChecker on 22 June, 2014, 21:55
Saruman? He's a Wizard, not a vampire!
Comment icon #25 Posted by Hida Akechi on 22 June, 2014, 22:22
He was a vampire in a former life then.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 23 June, 2014, 9:07
He's even played Vlad Dracul, without any vampires in sight.
Comment icon #27 Posted by qxcontinuum on 25 June, 2014, 3:39
Dracul means devil in romanian while dragon translates in romanian balaur (mythological creature). So it is much different. If i want to say in romanian you saw the devil. I will say " ai vazut pe dracul"! It is not known to us Romanians born in the heart of Transylvania what's the linguistic lien between House of Draculesti and the translation Dragon. This is something first time I made contact in the English culture.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Kassekoe99 on 27 June, 2014, 1:20
I'm pretty sure one of the Ghost Hunters (International?) shows did an episode at his castle and afterwards spoke to a lady who was supposed to be his descendent.
Comment icon #29 Posted by ReddHeadsRantings on 28 June, 2014, 7:53
As there's some Romanians on this thread...below is what my high school taught-what is wrong, skewed and correct I'd like to know. Vald and an older male realitive-brother ? uncle ? cousin ? were "fostered" (basically held hostage so family/country wouldnt war on the foster family/country) with a crazy-inseane-pervert ruler (made an evening Marque De Sade look like a fun date). Anyway all the foster family had to do was not scar, cripple, maime or kill the fosterling. So for entertainment DURING dinner Vald was sodomized by the ruler or his lackeys or visitors often the rul... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by BlueBomber on 28 June, 2014, 14:49
I thought he was out promoting his cereal....
Comment icon #31 Posted by qxcontinuum on 30 June, 2014, 5:39
I seriously doubt Ottomans - were having anal intercourse Gay at that time. Even now to these days , this unnatural relation bring dead penalty in most of the Muslim countries. Imagine then! In the same time impaling was just one of many common procedures of torture in medieval times. Not his innovation. Why Vlad had chosen this specific one? Because it was probably the most horrifying and times were though!

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