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Dracula's castle on sale for 60 mln euros
ANTARA News ^ | Jan 21, 2007

Posted on 01/20/2007 10:18:39 AM PST by lizol

Dracula's castle on sale for 60 mln euros

Bucharest (ANTARA News) - Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle, has been put up for sale for 60 million euros (75.6 million dollars) and local authorities in Romania are considering buying it, officials said Wednesday.

"Bran Castle is very important for our province's tourism industry. We have set up a commission with five members of the council that will examine the possibility of buying it," Aristotel Cancescu, president of Brasov province's council, was quoted by AFP as saying.

The castle was returned in December 2006 to Dominic Habsburg, the grandson of Queen Mary of Romania, 58 years after it was seized by the communist regime.

Habsburg, 68, initially agreed with the culture ministry that the castle would remain a museum for at least three years and could only be sold to the state.

But the same month, Habsburg announced he was going to sell the castle anyway and he submitted a letter of intent to the Brasov council.

Culture Minister Adrian Iorgulescu said Habsburg's asking price was "indecent and exaggerated compared to the castle's real value."

Before it was returned, the ministry estimated the estate was worth some 25 million euros.

The castle, which was built in 1212 by the Teutonic Knights, once belonged to the cruel 15th-century prince Vlad Tepes, who notoriously impaled his victims and inspired the character of Dracula in Bram Stoker's novels.

Given in 1920 by the people of Brasov to Queen Mary, who turned it into her summer residence, the castle remains a vital attraction for Brasov's tourism industry.

Apart from the castle, the estate includes three smaller buildings and an art collection. (*)


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dracula; romania; vampire
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1 posted on 01/20/2007 10:18:40 AM PST by lizol
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2 posted on 01/20/2007 10:19:31 AM PST by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol
once belonged to the cruel 15th-century prince Vlad Tepes, who notoriously impaled his victims and inspired the character of Dracula in Bram Stoker's novels.

I believe old Vlad was cruel only toward the Muslim invaders.

3 posted on 01/20/2007 10:21:25 AM PST by what's up
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To: lizol

Been there. Not worth $75 mil.

It's too dark and there's a whole bunch of heavy oblong boxes in the basement that need to be removed.

Seriously, though, it is too dark.


4 posted on 01/20/2007 10:27:26 AM PST by agooga (Let the Wookie win!!!)
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5 posted on 01/20/2007 10:31:27 AM PST by woofie
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To: lizol

Looks like a fun place.

6 posted on 01/20/2007 10:42:50 AM PST by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: lizol

I wish I could buy it.


7 posted on 01/20/2007 10:46:00 AM PST by Jaysun (I've never paid for sex in my life. And that's really pissed off a lot of prostitutes.)
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To: what's up

I saw a documentary where they speculated that Stoker used the name Dracula but the stories about a Transylvanian lesbian noblewoman who would drink and bathe in the blood of young virgins because she believed it would make her younger. Truly sick stuff.


8 posted on 01/20/2007 10:47:10 AM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: lizol

That bites. Although the upkeep must be a cross to bear, I'd gravely consider selling it. The family must not have much stake in their history.


9 posted on 01/20/2007 10:47:17 AM PST by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: lizol

I'll bet Hillary could use a summer place.


10 posted on 01/20/2007 10:48:01 AM PST by Taichi
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To: Malacoda

They should keep it in their bloodline. Fangtastic location though. Undeadly ground as well.


11 posted on 01/20/2007 10:53:06 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: AmishDude

That was Erzebeth (elizabeth) Nadazdy a 16th Century noblewoman in the Austro-Hungarian region.


12 posted on 01/20/2007 10:53:51 AM PST by SolidWood (Sadr lives. Kill him.)
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To: lizol
Buy it and Move it to Las Vegas or Arizona with the London Bridge.
13 posted on 01/20/2007 11:00:15 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: lafroste

"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are..."


14 posted on 01/20/2007 11:11:40 AM PST by Socratic (A family is more than a matter of genetics.)
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To: what's up
I believe old Vlad was cruel only toward the Muslim invaders.

If you don't Count the story of the beggars he invited to a banquet in a big wooden building, where he had his soldiers nail the doors shut and set the place on fire.

Vlad said this new government program was intended to eliminate poverty.

15 posted on 01/20/2007 11:16:08 AM PST by Max in Utah (WWBFD? "What Would Ben Franklin Do?")
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Charming.


16 posted on 01/20/2007 11:16:12 AM PST by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity'. It's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: Max in Utah
Is this truth or is this in the tradition of stories like how Pres. Bush hates the handicapped so will not allow stem cell research to go forward?

It's my understanding that earlier on were Vlad was hailed as a hero in Romania, Hungary, and even Poland for holding back the tide of Ottoman expansion; later on there was much embellishment about his cruelty toward just about everyone.

Have not done much reading on this so do not know which is the more correct picture of the man.

However, I'm pretty sure he didn't sleep in a coffin at night.

18 posted on 01/20/2007 11:22:10 AM PST by what's up
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To: lizol

I was there some 20 year ago, and I do not think that any investor will make a decent ROI if the price tag is 75.6 million dollars. A lot of improvements and supplementary investments are needed. Maybe if the price is 1/10 of what they are asking.


19 posted on 01/20/2007 11:37:46 AM PST by AdmSmith
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I believe old Vlad was cruel only toward the Muslim invaders.

The story is that he impaled his own men and had them displayed around his castle so that the enemy would realize how truly bloodthirsty he was, and they would be psyched out.

20 posted on 01/20/2007 11:44:19 AM PST by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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