The four hour trip includes visits to Snagov Monastery with Dracula’s Tomb (located on an island on Snagov Lake) and Mogosoaia Palace.
A century after the church was built (1364), Vlad Tepes (Dracula) built the fortress’s walls and dungeon. A slab on the floor of the church marks the grave with the presumed remains of the count. The monastery, located on an island on the far side of the lake, could only be accessed by boat, making it a great hiding place and a terrible prison. The first books in Romanian written in Latin alphabet were printed here.
Built by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, between 1698 and 1702 as a summer residence, the palace is the perfect proof of the Brancovenesc architectural style, with staircase balconies, arcades and columns.On the facade towards the lake, the palace displays a superb Venetian – style loggia and a balcony with Brancovenesc carvings overlooking the main courtyard. Today, the palace houses the Brancovenesc Museum.
Included services: transport, certified national guide, entrance fees to Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace.
Photo stops upon request.
Photo tax not included.
The mystery of Count Dracula’s death
The death of Prince Vlad Tepes is barely mentioned in the historic documents of the epoch. Nevertheless, there are several hypothesis. According to the most popular one, Vlad Tepes was killed in a battle against the Turks, near Bucharest, in December 1476. Another legend says the Prince was killed in that same battle by the local nobility. Either way, one fact is certain: his head was cut off and taken to Constantinople in order to confirm that the man who killed hundreds of Turkish soldiers had finally died.
Yet, there is another tricky question: what had happened to the Count’s body? Over the years different legends and stories were passed on from one generation to another, but none was confirmed by historians. It is said that his body was buried near the altar of Snagov Monastery. Although a slab on the ground marks the grave with the presumed remains of the prince, there are still many doubts that his bones lay in the monastery.