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Serbian village hopes its vampire will rival Dracula as tourist draw

KISILJEVO, Serbia (Reuters) – A Serbian village, impressed by Dracula tourism in neighboring Romania, is hoping to capitalize on its personal vampire legend.

As but, an unmarked grave that may very well be that of Petar Blagojevic, a peasant who died in 1725, is just not fairly the spectacle of Bran Castle, which has grow to be recognized as the house of Dracula and attracts guests from world wide.

But that isn’t stopping the villagers of Kisiljevo, round 100 km (60 miles) east of Belgrade, from dreaming huge.

“We have one thing no other village in the world has. We have the Kisiljevo vampire,” notary and folklorist Mirko Bogicic stated, talking of his hopes for finally constructing a vampire themed village, with interval costumes and houses.

Bogicic stated Blagojevic got here again from the lifeless to torment his household and neighbors, lurking close to homes to demand meals or sneakers and attacking and strangling his victims.

In a area the place superstitions and related tales are ample, Bogicic says the distinction in Kisiljevo is that the story was documented on the time by a consultant of the then Habsburg monarchy, Frombald.

According to a narrative printed a Vienese newspaper of the time, terrified villagers demanded an investigation which led to the opening of Blagojevic’s grave.

“They found the body intact, with his beard and nails visibly grown … they quickly prepared a hawthorne stake and he was stabbed with it …,” Bogicic stated, holding a photocopy of the newspaper.

“The he (Frombald) … noted that those wounds, and mouth and ears all bled fresh, red blood.”

Nearly three centuries later, Kisiljevo, the close by lakeside resort Srebrno Jezero and the small riverside city of Veliko Gradiste want to money in.

They hope the legend will appeal to vacationers from the Danube cruises, a few of which already cease in Veliko Gradiste.

Reporting by Branko Filipovic; Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Alison Williams

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