Snagov MonastryJuly 7, 2016 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C
Today we went on a country side tour to Snagov Monastery where Vlad the Impaler is meant to be buried.
The monastery is on a tiny island in a lake just outside of Bucharest, which local tradition states is the burial place of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Originally founded in the 14th century and later excavated in 1933, the monastery is a seemingly simple place of worship taking advantage of the calm its water-locked isolation brings. However, the story goes that after his notoriously cruel lifetime, Vlad Tepes III was buried in the church as per his request prior to his death. A number of archaeologist's and historians have worked to verify whether this tale is fact or simple tale and none have been able to prove that the dictator was ever laid to rest on the island. After having dug up some of the site’s burial stones all that was found were a mix of horse and human bones, but nothing that confirms the possible Dracula’s interment.
Most historians now believe that the Prince of Wallachia was buried in a monastery in the Comana area, but this has not stopped the locals from spreading the myth.
A footbridge has been built to the island and visitors are encouraged to stop by the Snagov Monastery and view the supposed grave.Read more