King Charles is not just the newest British monarch. He’s also the owner of a charming Transylvanian guest house! King Charles III has a long-standing fascination with Transylvania, Romania — the birthplace of Count Dracula. His interest likely stems from the fact that his distant relatives called the place home. His relatives include Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad the Impaler), a 15-century ruler who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
In the quaint Romanian town of Săpânţa, the local Merry Cemetery features a colorful tableau of more than 800 grave markers that manage to elicit emotions that are uncharacteristic of traditional burial grounds. Somber slate and graphite mounds are replaced with colorful wooden crosses—each depicting, in almost playful detail, the life and death of each of the town’s former residents.
Romania, home of Dracula – both the legendary vampire and the real-life ruler – is a country with a long and bloody past. Located at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, it is wrapped in mystery and legend.