Eastern Europe

 
 
A representation of Dracula welcomes tourists as a Romanian waiter looks out from the entrance of the Casa Vlad Dracul restaurant in Sighisoara, central Romania.
A representation of Dracula welcomes tourists as a Romanian waiter looks out from the entrance of the Casa Vlad Dracul restaurant in Sighisoara, central Romania.
Vadim Ghirda / AP File

Two towns in Bulgaria and Romania are planning to boost their tourist appeal by capitalizing on their “vampire” past. Bulgaria’s ancient city of Sozopol on the Black Sea coast is teaming up with medieval Sighisoara in Romania, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the ruler thought to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Last year, archaeologists in Sozopol found the 700-year-old skeleton of a man with an iron spike through his chest. The old pagan ritual was meant to prevent “bad” dead people from rising from their graves.

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