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Keel M.

'Dracula's Dungeon' Discovered in Turkey

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Keel M.

Archaeologists believe they have discovered dungeons, tunnels and a military shelter at Tokat Castle in northern Turkey where Vlad the Impaler – who served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's character Dracula – is believed to have been held hostage in the early 15th century.

The find was made during restoration works at the castle, which uncovered a secret tunnel leading to the nearby Pervane Baths and a military shelter. Two dungeons were discovered, where Wallachian Prince Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, is believed to have been kept captive by the Ottoman Turks.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reported that the restoration works began in 2009, with the latest project having been carried out in the last ten weeks to restore the castle's defensive bastions. It was during these recent excavations that the tunnels and dungeons were found.

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Ashotep

Nothing like seeing 20,000 people impaled to get you to back off.

The man was obviously nuts or maybe the times required you to be nuts to survive.

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keithisco

He was 11 years old when held hostage - a long time before he became "mythically" famous for impaling 20,000 Turks to repel the Ottoman Empire from their progress.

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taniwha

Finally, a story i can sink my teeth into.

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TruthJunky73

There was a lot at stake...

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Mikenator

Bleah!

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Keel M.

You people with the corny jokes: don't quit your day jobs. :P :P :P :P :lol:

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rashore

Well that headline is misleading. I thought it was going to be about Dracula's dungeon- as in a dungeon Dracula owned. Not tunnels and such that Dracula may or may not have seen as a child, well before any of his infamous doings.

Still, it's always interesting when folks find things like this.

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Junior Chubb

Well that headline is misleading. I thought it was going to be about Dracula's dungeon- as in a dungeon Dracula owned. Not tunnels and such that Dracula may or may not have seen as a child, well before any of his infamous doings.

Still, it's always interesting when folks find things like this.

I think 'Draculas turkey discovered in Dungeon' would have been more fun...

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Mikenator

in the movie I now pronounce you chuck and Larry Adam Sandler went out as Dracula to a party

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DONTEATUS

taniwa beat me to it !

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DieChecker

Vlad's was a sad story mostly.

In 1436, Vlad II Dracul ascended the throne of Wallachia. He was ousted in 1442 by rival factions in league with Hungary, but secured Ottoman support for his return by agreeing to pay the Tribute to the Sultan.

At 13, Vlad and his brother Radu were held as political hostages by the Ottoman Turks. During his years as hostage, Vlad was educated in logic, the Quran and the Turkish language and works of literature. He would speak this language fluently in his later years.[1] He and his brother were also trained in warfare and horsemanship.

Despite increasing his cultural capital with the Ottomans, Vlad was not at all pleased to be in Turkish hands. He was resentful and incredibly jealous of his little brother, who soon earned the nickname Radu cel Frumos, or Radu the Handsome. Radu was well behaved and quickly earned the friendship of Sultan Murad's son, Mehmet. Conversely, Vlad was defiant and constantly punished for his impudence. It has been suggested that his traumatic experiences among the Ottomans may have molded him into the sadistic man he grew up to be, especially in regards to his penchant for impaling.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler

Doesn't really sound like he was kept in the dungeon his whole time there, but doubtless he spent time there when he angered anyone important.

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Harry_Dresden

...being locked up in that dungeon must really have sucked for Dracula...

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Sir Wearer of Hats

...being locked up in that dungeon must really have sucked for Dracula...

He had a devil of a time going out for a bite, he may have had some friends for dinner though.

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DieChecker

With a name like Dracul, he must have loved "Dungeons and Dragons".

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Avanter

This guy fighted against the islamic invasion, using terror, because he had not so soldiers as the Spanish Kingdom had.

At same time, Spain was reconquered by the war, and Rumany was saved by the terror. So, maybe he was terrible, but he is a hero. You know that spanish forces ( tercios or marines) were sent to Rumany to help against the otomans. Otoman empire was defeat in lepanto battle, by the spanish.

We, spanish people, used the terror too, for fighting against the islam. We will do again if necessary.

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Mac E

A typical Yahoo article. No pictures of the dungeon. Sad.

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Eldorado

A typical Yahoo article. No pictures of the dungeon. Sad.

Here's some! Scroll down the page a bit.

http://tokat.habermo...-museum/372469/

:)

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