Dracula’s Cellar Found
Posted by Xeno on October 6, 2009
The recently discovered cellar believed by researchers to have belonged to Vlad III Tepes will be closed. Authorities plan to fill in the site.
The decision comes after Zoltan Karpati, the official archaeologist of the Cultural Heritage Protection Service said that “the excavations did not find items that might point to an individual owner”, ANI writes.
Karpati disagrees with the position of the house indicated by the medieval document researched by Tomas Fedeles, saying, however, that it is possible that the cellar could have belonged to the “Dracula House.”
If the decision of the Cultural Heritage Protection Service is final, there will be no further scientific research on the matter and the cellar will be filled.
Vlad the Impaler
Vlad III “Tepes”(the impaler in Romanian) was born in 1431 in Transylvania as the second son of Vlad Dracul, a member of the Order of the Dragon, a secret society founded by Sigismund and queen Barbara of Celje in a order to unite wealthy individuals and high ranking society members in the fight against the Ottoman Empire. At a fragile age, Vlad was also introduced to the Order.
He spent most of his life in exile in Moldova and Hungary. However, in 1456 he became Voivod (Duke) of Wallachia, now the southern part of Romania, and remained loyal to the Order initiating a tireless campaign against the Ottomans. In 1461, Vlad campaigned south of the Danube and unleashed havoc in the region between Serbia and the Black Sea. Vlad later said: “I have killed men and women, old and young… 23,884 Turks and Bulgarians without counting those whom we burned alive in their homes or whose heads were not chopped off by our soldiers.”