The Skycap News™ team wanted to have some fun today and present our readers with some lesser-known tourist attractions around the world. Many of our readers will be familiar with the more common locales across the USA and numerous tourist resorts elsewhere. In fact, we had a lengthy conversation with a couple today about their first road trip to Myrtle Beach. That’s a feature article coming soon! It’s no secret that the Skycap News™ team loves Myrtle Beach. However, we wanted everyone to wander off the beaten path this weekend. In truth an attraction with a “little more bite.” Snagov Monastery.
On a small island located in a lake outside of Bucharest stands Snagov Monastery. Reputed to be the burial place of “Vlad the Impaler.” Vlad was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Initially founded in the 14th century and later revived via a painstaking excavation in 1933. The monastery at first glance is a seemingly simple place of worship enjoying the topographical isolation a water-locked island brings.
One could write a novel about the legend of “Vlad the Impaler” but, that has already been done! Nevertheless, the story goes that after a lifetime of bloodthirsty acts, Vlad Tepes III was entombed in the church as per his request. A number of archaeologists and historians have worked to confirm whether this narrative is fact or simple Apocrypha. None have had the opportunity to firmly establish that in fact, the dictator was laid to rest on the isle.
Several have tried to bring some finality to this argument after having removed several of the burial stones located within. However, all that was unearthed was a mix of human and horse bones. Nothing concretely affirms the possibility of Dracula’s interment. Most historians believe that the former Prince of Wallachia was indeed entombed in a monastery during the Comana area.
Vlad the Impaler’s Resting Place?
The locals not wanting to lose tourist intrigue or revenue, took full liberty to spread a myth that prolongs a long-standing legend. The more traditional means of entry to Snagov Monastery is a small boat ride steered by a local tour guide. A footbridge was built several years ago to provide better access and view the grave. Now, one can walk to the island. Once you arrive, you will be met with grounds that are nicely kept and the inside exhibits amazing eye appeal.
It must be noted that you may or may not have to pay a fee to a fee for snapping a few photos. The Romanian government began strategies to capitalize on the church’s unverifiable history, which translates to tourist dollars. Or should we say Romanian Leu in this case? In fact, there were actually plans to build an amusement theme park in Snagov called “Dracula Park.” Thankfully, everyone came to their senses and canceled all plans for commercial development in 2006.
Snagov, Romania Recap
While many do not think of Romania as a hotbed of tourism, it does reward the adventurous soul a unique look at the historical legend as well as unquestionable beauty. If you’re a traveler in search of unique vacation destinations for the fearless, Snagov Monastery belongs on your shortlist. Tell Vlad the Impaler the Skycap News™ team says hello!