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The real birthplace of Vlad the Impaler in Sighisoara, Romania.


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Sighisoara was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula. Sighisoara is a small town in south central Transylvania. A former Roman town, it was settled by Germans in 1150 C.E. Burned down by the Tartars in 1241, it emerged in the fifteenth century as one of the strongest fortified centers of Hungarian rule. In 1430, Vlad Dracul was sent there as commander of the guard and Vlad the Impaler was born (probably in 1430 or 1431) in the home in which Vlad Dracul resided. The family lived in the house until 1436, when Vlad Dracul became the prince of Wallachia and moved to Tirgoviste. That home survived the vicissitudes of time, and in 1976 it was designated a part of the Romanian national heritage. The restoration that followed uncovered frescoes decorating the walls—one of which is believed to picture Dracula.


Mackenzie, Andrew. Dracula Country. London: Arthur Barker, 1977. 176 pp.

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a city in central Rumania; located on the Tîr-nava Mare River in Mureş, District. Population, 30,900 (1974). Local industries produce textiles and clothing (approximately 50 percent of the city’s total industrial production), glass and porcelain (20 percent), food (17 percent), and machinery (11 percent). The city also has enterprises for the production of construction materials and wood products. Printing is also important. Sighişoara has been mentioned in documents since 1280. Architectural monuments include stone fortifications (13th-14th centuries) with gates and towers, including the Tower of the Clock (64 m high, 14th-17th centuries), the Gothic Monastary Church (13th—19th centuries), and the Church on the Hill (14th-15th centuries). There are also houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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