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Dracula's dungeon discovered in Turkey

September 29, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

Vlad the Impaler would later be the inspiration for Dracula. Image Credit: Nicolae Iorga
The dungeon in which Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned by the Turks has been found at Tokat Castle.
Back at the beginning of the 15th century Wallachian Prince Vlad III, the real-life inspiration behind Bram Stoker's character Dracula, was held captive by the Ottoman Turks for twelve years.

Now archaeologists believe that they have discovered the very prison in which he had been held captive deep beneath Tokat Castle in northern Turkey. The dungeons were found following the discovery of a secret tunnel that was unearthed while restoration works were being carried out on the building.
"The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious," said archaeologist Ibrahim Çetin. "It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here."

Despite his extended incarceration it is believed that Vlad went on to reclaim the Wallachian throne before eventually dying during a battle with the Ottomons in 1476.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (17)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
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...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mikenator 8 years ago
in the movie I now pronounce you chuck and Larry Adam Sandler went out as Dracula to a party
Comment icon #10 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
taniwa beat me to it !
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
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 cultu... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Harry_Dresden 8 years ago
...being locked up in that dungeon must really have sucked for Dracula...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 8 years ago
...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.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
With a name like Dracul, he must have loved "Dungeons and Dragons".
Comment icon #15 Posted by Avanter 8 years ago
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.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Mac E 8 years ago
A typical Yahoo article. No pictures of the dungeon. Sad.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Eldorado 8 years ago
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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