Archaeologist claims to have discovered Dracula's dungeon

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Archeologist Claims To Have Discovered Dracula's Dungeon

An archaeologist believes he's uncovered Dracula's dungeon. While restoring the Tokat Castle in Turkey, a secret tunnel was discovered which led to two prison-like dungeons. It's believed one of these two rooms once held Vlad Dracula, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula, in the early 15th century.

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The ongoing restoration has been in progress for the past few months, and findings are shedding a light on the castle's and Vlad Dracula's history. Archaeologist Ibrahim Cetin said, "The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious. It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here."

Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, was born in 1431 and is believed to have been held at Tokat Castle by the Ottomans after he and his brother and father were imprisoned. After he was set free he began impaling Ottoman enemies, killing as many as 80,000 people.

In 1897 author Bram Stoker, inspired by the history of Vlad the Impaler and John William Polidori's short story "The Vampyre," wrote the gothic horror classic "Dracula."

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