Friday, December 15, 2006

St. Petersburg Times: Transylvania offers this real estate bite

Transylvania offers this real estate bite
Published December 15, 2006

Dracula's castle may change hands again after the U.S.-based owner, a descendant of the Romanian royal family, offered to sell the 800-year-old Transylvanian fortress to the local government. The building was returned by Romanian authorities to Dominic von Habsburg in May after the government nationalized property, including royal residences, 58 years ago. Built in 1212 by Teutonic knights, the castle was briefly used two centuries later by Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Bram Stoker's Count Dracula legend. Von Habsburg, 68, is the grandson of former Queen Marie of Romania.


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