DRACULA’S DUNGEON

Vlad the Impaler
Tokat Castle Tunnels
Tokat Castle Tunnels (DHA photo)

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the dungeon that held Vlad the Impaler — the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character Dracula. According to the article by Meghan DeMaria, “The team found dungeons, tunnels, and a military shelter in Turkey’s Tokat Castle, where Vlad the Impaler was reportedly held in the beginning of the 15th century. The archaeologists discovered two dungeons during the castle’s restoration work, which began in 2009. The restoration work led to the discovery of secrets tunnel between the castle, a military shelter, and the Pervane Baths.”

Two dungeons have also been discovered in the castle, where Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula, is said to have been held captive in the early 15th century.  The ongoing restoration works, which have continued for 10 weeks, have also restored and reinforced its bastions, which were used as defense in the Seljuk and Ottoman era. The entire castle is surrounded by secret tunnel networks with an open terrace, as well as the military shelter and dungeons that were “built like a prison.”

 Vlad III lived between 1431 and 1476. Most historians say he was kept in captivity in Romania. The exact length of his period of captivity is open to debate, though indications are that it was from 1462 to 1474.

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