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Vlad the Impaler, Dracula’s Burial Snagov Monastery

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We were on our way to see Vlad the Impaler, Dracula’s Burial Snagov Monastery. When we saw a sky angel. Nicolae and I spotted a ‘sky angel’ is when the clouds look like an angel. Then, we thought we spotted an angel in the sky. We had lunch on the way to the monastery, but the portions were so large that we couldn’t finish everything. We decided we had to box up the leftovers and give them to a person who needed some delicious food.

Nicolae knew the perfect people to donate our food.

Vlad the Impaler, Dracula’s Burial Snagov Monastery

Knowing where people are in need is a good sign of a person’s character. There were some elderly gentlemen on the way to the monastery that would love it. We began hunting for them as we got closer. Looking for Nicolae’s old gentlemen friends with our care box, we found them waiting on the street on a bench close to the monastery bridge. I was euphoric that Nicolae felt the same way about food as I did. I hate wasting food. He did, too.

After we had parked, we had a nice visit with the men in Romanian. I didn’t understand a word. I did understand the handshakes and smiles we got after giving them the food. Then we walked towards the monastery. There was a beautiful lake that looked like a painting.

Here is My Monastery Slide Show.

We crossed a new bridge over the lake to the monastery

The lake was still. Not one bit of breeze. It was perfect for water skiing, but the sound of a powerboat would destroy the stillness of the lake. The lake and the place had a reverent feeling that is hard to describe.

In the old days, the keeper of the monastery sent boats out to get visitors across the lake. We didn’t announce our arrival; we just walked across the bridge and didn’t bother the monastery or the monk. The boatmen are gone, now that the bridge has been built. Only the sinking boats remain as a sign of the past.

Old boats used to deliver at Vlad the Impaler, Dracula’s Burial Snagov Monastery

Imagine ringing a bell and waiting for the monastery boat-master to come and get you in these little boats. Sometimes Nicolae said he used to have to wait a long time because the monk was working the farm or milking a cow. The monk could care less about visitors, and he didn’t want to be disturbed.

Getting to Dracula’s grave used to be much harder

I am surprised that this isn’t a more popular tourist location or weekend trip for families. It’s a peaceful park as well as being the cemetery of Vlad the Impaler. The living dead is still a popular myth in Romania.

Maybe people don’t come here often because the monk scared everyone away. Nicolae said he was pretty grumpy and instructed me not to bother the priest if I happened to see him. He warned me; the monk gets upset if you interfere with him while he is working. Luckily, we never saw him while we were there.

My Highlights are Dracula’s burial site at Snagov Monastery

  • The monastery looks huge from the outside but is small on the inside.
  • A rebirth egg symbolizing Christian hope, the new beginning.
  • The monastery a working, self-sufficient monastery and vineyard.
  • It still uses traditional Romanian farming equipment and tools.
  • The altar in the Snagov Monastery, with tempera paint and gilded icons.
  • A beautiful sanctuary.

Snagov Monastery — Dracula is buried here

Romania Vlad's tomb, Vlad the Impaler, Dracula's Burial Snagov Monastery

Vlad the Impaler, Dracula’s Burial Snagov Monastery

Travel tip: I went to see Vlad’s grave, but I saw a lovely monastery. If Dracula is buried here, his body is gone. All that is left in the tomb is a nobleman’s clothes and nobody.

Here is how I got to 

Vlad the Impaler, Dracula’s Burial Snagov Monastery

Finding Transportation in Bucharest, Romania

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.


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