Dracula Castle For Sale, But Dracula Never Lived There

Scott Rutherford

Dracula Castle in Romania is for sale, as reported in an earlier article in the Inquisitr, and the price may dropped considerably. Not enough to make it affordable for your average nine-to-fiver, but perhaps enough to make it attractive to someone with wads of cash and a penchant for 14th century architecture. Syracuse reports that the castle, which was priced at $135 million, has recently been offered to the Romanian government for the cool price of $80 million.

Of course, Count Dracula - the vampire made famous in Bram Stoker's chilling novel and a plethora of films since (including an upcoming Dracula film due out in October, as reported on in the Inquisitr) - never lived inside the Dracula Castle for sale. Of course, you already knew that. The fictional vampire never lived at all, except in the pages of books, the silver screen and the imaginations of countless fans of horror fiction.

What you may not have known is that the "real" Count Dracula, Vlad Dracul, never lived in the "Dracula Castle" that inspired Bram Stoker's novel - the one that's for sale - either. That doesn't mean that you can't, if you happen to have millions of dollars and the itch to drop your "home sweet home" doormat in front of a spooky Romanian castle. Of course, if you do purchase the Dracula Castle, you'll need to be prepared to be more hospitable than the blood sucking vampire - the Dracula Castle has an average of 560,000 visitors per year, according to a report in People. While that could be a perk for someone enterprising enough to charge a fare and sell tickets, it might be enough to make others want to drive a stake through their hearts.

It is believed that Vlad Dracul - also known as Vlad the Impaler for the torture he imposed on his enemies and as Vlad Tepes - did spend some time at the Dracula Castle for sale in Transylvania, but not by choice. Historical records suggest that he was imprisoned there for two months in 1462.

It is also generally believed that novelist Bram Stoker never actually visited the Dracula Castle, nor could he have afforded it if it had come up for sale in his day. Stoker was inspired by descriptions of the castle and to have based the Dracula Castle in his novel on the Romanian castle currently offered for sale. Buyers - and let's face it, any buyer is bound to be a fan of the vampire novel inspired by the manor - can rest assured that the novel's setting is based much more closely on the actual Dracula Castle that's for sale than the novel's vampiric villain was on the real Vlad the Impaler.

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