via Roadtrippers comes word that Estonian researchers believe they have discovered the tomb of Vlad Tepes, long believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s classic horror tale, Dracula.
Erika Stella, a student who was writing her disseration on Naples’ Piazza Santa Maria la Nova Church, uncovered a curious headstone that experts are saying belongs to Dracula himself.
“When you look at the bas-relief sculptures, the symbolism is obvious. The dragon means Dracula and the two opposing sphinxes represent the city of Thebes, also known as Tepes. In these symbols, the very name of the count Dracula Tepes is written,” Glinni told reporters.
Raffaello Glinni, a Medieval history scholar, noticed that that tomb is covered symbols representing the House of the Transylvanian “Carpathians,” something very out of place in a crypt full of Italian noblemen.
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BIZZAM!! A Brief History of Dracula
Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, was a Wallachian prince known for impaling his enemies. He has long been believed to be the basis for Bram Stoker’s seminal work, Dracula.
The character of Dracula was a vampire prince living in Transylvania. He then relocated to London, where he was fought by Abraham van Helsing. There have been numerous motion pictures starring the character, including, but not limited to:
- Dracula (1931)
- Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein (1948)
- The Munsters (1964)- TV series
- Blacula (1972)
- Love at First Bite (1979)
- The Monster Squad (oadtrippers1987)
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
- Dracula: Dead and Loving it (1995)
- Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
- Dracula 2000 (2000)
- Dracula II: Ascention (2003)
- Van Helsing (2004)
- Blade: Trinity (2004)
- Dracula III: Legacy (2005)
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)