Nugget of Knowledge: Stay with Dracula

Dracula means "Son of the Dragon"


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Airbnb has the perfect listing for you for Halloween. Two guests can stay at “Dracula’s Castle” in Romania on the night of October 31.

The castle inspired Bram Stoker to write his novel Dracula.

Airbnb says guests will arrive at the castle in a horse-drawn carriage at sunset. You can’t leave until dawn.

Your host will be the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. After dinner, you retire to the crypt to sleep in velvet-lined coffin beds.

No garlic, no mirrors and no crosses, please.

Is there such as place as Transylvania?

Yes, it’s a province of Romania. It means, in Latin, “on the other side of the woods.”

The source of the Count Dracula legend, Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad the Impaler), was a prince in Transylvania in the 1400s.

Vlad’s father was also named Vlad and was a member of a secret organization called the Order of the Dragon, sworn to battle the Ottoman Turks.

Vlad’s father was known as Dracul, meaning, in Romanian, “The Dragon.”

When his son, Vlad the Second, came to power, he called himself Dracula, or “Son of the Dragon.”

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