Construction started in 1212 by Teutonic Knights as a wooden palisade, and the massive edifice soon grew to the imposing and menacing plastered stone structure standing today. As such, Bran Castle in Romania is known as the most haunted location, castle or otherwise, on the planet. Ghost hunters the world over hold this fortress on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia as the summit of their travelling exploits. Though it is one of several identified as ‘Dracula’s Castle,’ the castle Bran is most heavily identified as the true castle through the validation of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. This element remains steadfast, as the castle was the home of Vlad III, viovode of Wallachia, who was the inspiration for Stoker’s title character.
Vlad III (The Impaler) of Wallachia (1448-1476) was infamous for his single handed success of turning back the Muslim hordes as they swept upward into Europe. Vlad was able…

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