The dungeons mentioned here are in Tokat, an ancient Turkish town near the border of the former Soviet Union. I had the opportunity to visit Tokat in 1981 on a film mission to a tobacco plant using NC flue-cured tobacco in "Tekel" cigarettes, a major Turkish brand. The scenery in these craggy mountains was awesome. In a photo with the story on Vlad, I am working with my videographer on a location shoot.
Archaeologists In Turkey Say They've Discovered Dracula's Dungeon at Tokat City
The discovery was made during a 10-week restoration of a different part of the castle, Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The ruins of Tokat Castle are seen perched atop a hill in this provided by Aviruthia.
"It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept," he said, "but he was around here."
He was released after his father and another brother were murdered, at which point he started the brutal practice of impaling his enemies on poles, according to the Washington Post.
Vlad reportedly inherited the patronym of "Dracul" or "dragon" from his father, Vlad II, who belonged to the Order of the Dragon, a group which fought against the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe.
In one particularly gruesome tale, Vlad is said to have dined among a forest of his impaled enemies as they died, perhaps even dipping his bread in their blood.
Stoker is said to have read a book containing accounts of Vlad's sadistic habits, on which he fashioned his famously bloodthirsty vampire, "Dracula," in 1897.