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Bulgaria Is Luring Visitors to Its Vampire Attractions

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 21, 2016

Bulgaria Is Luring Visitors to Its Vampire Attractions

PHOTO: Vampire of Sozopol in Sofia, Bulgaria. (courtesy

Come to Bulgaria for the … vampire corpses? Well, yes. That’s the message coming from Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism this summer, according to an article on CityLab

In addition to beautiful beaches, historic cities and pristine mountains, the ministry is promoting “one of Europe’s most ghoulish historical remains: the world’s largest “Vampire Funeral,” discovered 11 years ago in the 4th century ruins of Deultum, near the Black Sea Coast.” 

The site was discovered by archeologists in 2004 and is one of the most ghoulish historical remains in Europe, known as the “Vampire Funeral.” The 4th century ruins of Deultum near the Black Sea Coast hold 17 adolescent skeletons, each with a nail driven through it to attach the corpse to its coffin. 

It is the largest site of its kind to be found in Bulgaria, but not the only one. 

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“The country has evidence of over 100 bodies so treated, and there have been subsequent new finds of staked corpses in both 2012 and 2013,” says the article. “Given the ongoing global obsession with vampires, the government reckons it can use such discoveries to lure more visitors to the country, presenting itself as a kind of Louvre for the undead.”

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