Researchers believe they have found the tomb of the real-life Dracula — a brutal Romanian leader linked to modern vampire fiction and films — in the centre of Naples in Italy.
Nicola Barbatelli, director of Italy’s Museum of Ancient Populations, and brothers Giandomenico and Raffaello Glinni, claim to have found the final resting place of Count Vlad Tepes in the heart of Naples, The Local reported.
The researchers have used historical documents to link Count Tepes to a cloister in Piazza Santa Maria La Nova, in Naples.
Tepes, who inspired Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula, lived in the 15th century and it is said that he punished his enemies by impaling them alive on stakes, which earned him the sobriquet ‘Vlad the Impaler’. Some theories suggest that his body was buried in the island monastery of Snagov near Bucharest.
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