Dracula scholar Hans de Roos discovered in early 2012, in Bram Stoker’s personal notes for the writing of DRACULA, the coordinates of latitude and longitude that Stoker listed as his intended site for the fictitious Castle Dracula. Or to be more precise, he deciphered the coordinates, using the novel and the current geography (as well as the geography of the time) of Romania to cross-reference. He figured out that the location sits atop Mount Izvorul or Izvorul Calimanului in the Calimani Mountains of the Transylvanian region of present-day Romania. I did a little googling and found some numbers for you all. Mt. Izvorul, a dormant volcano (which is in keeping with the supposed original ending of DRACULA conceived by Stoker, where Castle Dracula is destroyed by a volcanic eruption after the Count gets staked), is described as a “barren” crag and is some 6,670 feet high. I find it beautiful.
Dacre Stoker recently made the trek to the top of Mt. Izvorul to oversee the installation of a historic marker, a plaque commemorating the site as the location of the fictional Castle Dracula. As you sit reading these words, the plaque should already be in place. Dacre had made the hike before a few years back. This time he made the trip with a mission.