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Vampires: Fiction or Reality?

            Vampires, though a part of history, are merely a figment of our imagination, or are they? .
             With the modern age of vampire tales, it seems only natural that the.
             vampire lairs would move on to the New World. New Orleans has some of the most fascinating cemeteries in the world, one reason why it is beloved by vampires and vampire fans alike. Because of the swampy nature of the New Orleans area, nearly all graves are above ground, in crypts. .
             Although vampires are said to be seen throughout Europe, in such places like Albania, Greece, and Turkey, the most famous place of all is Transylvania. .
             Every childhood lover of vampire movies will remember the chilling line; "I come from.Transylvania!" No other place is so easily identified with vampires as Transylvania. Bram Stoker made this area famous by making it the homeland of his fictional character Dracula. Vlad Tepes, a historical figure upon whom Dracula was loosely based, was from Transylvania. .
             Transylvania is territory in central Romania; in fact, it is the largest territory in the country. The Carpathian Mountains surround it on three sides. Romania has strong Hungarian and German influences as well. One of the more famous cities in Transylvania is Sighisoara, a beautiful medieval town. .
             Although Transylvania is an integral part of Dracula, Bram Stoker never actually traveled there. He did, however, do extensive research before he chose it to be the site of Castle Dracula. The castle was a fictional addition to the countryside, thanks to Stoker. However, the attention it has created is very real. .
             Today, millions of people journey to Romania, and many of them go on tours of the castles in the area. .
             This brings to mind the most famous vampire of all to come from Transylvania, Dracula or Vlad Tepes. .
             Vlad Tepes was born in the town of Sighisoara in Transylvania, now known as northern Romania, in 1431 and later came to rule the area of southern Romania known as Wallachia.

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