Friday, May 26, 2006

ABC News: Dracula's Castle Returned to Van Hapsburg

Some Interesting News

BUCHAREST, Romania May 26, 2006 (AP)

More than 60 years after it was seized by communists, the Romanian government is to hand back one of the country's most popular tourist sites, the fabled Dracula Castle, to its former owner, the culture minister said Tuesday.

The castle, worth an estimated $25 million, was owned by the late Queen Marie and bequeathed to her daughter Princess Ileana in 1938. It was confiscated by communists in 1948 and fell into disrepair. It will be transferred on Friday to Dominic van Hapsburg, a New York architect who inherited the castle from Princess Ileana decades after the communists seized it, minister Adrian Iorgulescu told a news conference.

Read the full article here: ABC News: Dracula's Castle Returned to Van Hapsburg

I'm very impressed that the Romanians are handing back properties like this to their rightful owners. They are determined to renounce Communism.

King Michael, mentioned in the article, was born in 1921. His father was Prince Carol. If you look at the link in this paragraph, it's helpful to remember that Carol was a man (not a woman as we modern Americans commonly would think of that name.)

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