Dracula's tomb 'found in Naples': report

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Vlad III Dracula gained notoriety in the 15th century for having his enemies impaled on stakes. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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An Italian newspaper has claimed that the tomb of Dracula - the brutal Romanian leader linked to the modern vampire novel and films - has been found in the centre of Naples.

Count Dracula gained notoriety as a blood-thirsty vampire in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, hundreds of years after the death of the Romanian leader Vlad III Dracula.

The cruel nature of real-life Dracula was equally well-known in the 15th century, when “Vlad the Impaler” punished his enemies by impaling them alive on stakes.

More than 500 years after Dracula’s death, a report in Il Gazzettino on Tuesday claimed a group of academics believe they have uncovered the mystery behind his burial site. 

A video published by Il Gazzetino reportedly showing Dracula's tomb.

Two of the academics, named as brothers Giandomenico and Raffaello Glinni, reportedly traced Dracula to a tomb in the heart of Naples with the help of Nicola Barbatelli, director of Italy’s Museum of Ancient Populations (Museo delle Antiche Genti).

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When contacted by The Local, Barbatelli was not immediately available to comment.

Using historical documents, the group is said to have linked “Vlad the Impaler” to a cloister in Piazza Santa Maria La Nova, on the edge of Naples’ historical quarter, the newspaper said.

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