Dracula: the BBC and Netflix mini-series in 6 locations
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Slovakia-England tour, Dracula
Orava Castle, 027 41 Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia
Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan), an English notary clerk, arrives at the castle of Count Dracula (Claes Bang) in Transylvania to finalize with him the purchase of an abbey in London. A 13th century building, the Château d’Orava is a monument of Romanesque and Gothic style well known to thrill-seekers. And for good reason, it was here that Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s classic, Nosferatu the Vampire, was filmed in 1922. A castle that also inspired Andrzej Sapkowsi’s to create the Kaer Morhen citadel in the novel series The Witcher.
Banska Stiavnica Old Castle, Starozámocká 40/10, 969 01 Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia
After his escape from Dracula Castle, Jonathan Harker found refuge in this building. He is taken in by Sister Agatha Van Helsing (Dolly Wells). The oldest building in Starozámocká, this castle was originally a church. It was later transformed into a fortress, adding a prison and a torture room as well. It should be noted that the town of Banska Stiavnica has also been exploited. A small town almost completely preserved by progress, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dracula is the combined work of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the two showrunners of the Sherlock series. Mark Gatiss playing in both works. He can be seen playing Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, and Frank Renfield in Dracula.
Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont Ln, Mottisfont, Romsey SO51 0LP, United Kingdom
Agatha Van Helsing and Mina (Morfydd Clark) face Dracula as he intends to finish them off once and for all. A historic site in Hampshire, Mottisfont Abbey is often used in theatrical productions. Here, in the case of Dracula, it is the beautiful vaulted basement that the producers chose to use.
Abbey Ln, Whitby YO22 4JT, United Kingdom
The ruins of Whitby Abbey loom over the waves of the sea as the Demeter approaches the coast… A former Benedictine monastery, this abbey dating back to 657 is known to have suffered a Viking invasion. It is no coincidence that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss chose it to appear in their Dracula, as the building inspired Bram Stoker’s novel.
The Jonathan Harker Foundation
Cholmley House, Abbey Ln, Whitby YO22 4JT, United Kingdom
Back in England after escaping from Dracula, Mina decides to create the Jonathan Harker Foundation to prepare humanity for the possible arrival of Count Dracula in England. The entrance to Cholmley House is close to Whitby Abbey. The vast majority of Dracula’s interiors were shot at Bray Studios in Berkshire, near the town of Maidenhead. This place served as a set for many Hammer classics (including the Dracula with Christopher Lee), but also the first Alien and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Reading Cemetery, All Hallows Rd, Reading RG4 5LP, United Kingdom
Dracula finds the young Lucy Westenra (Lydia West) in order to seduce her and convince her to join the world of the dead… The shooting of this scene did not fail to revolt the families of some of the deceased buried in this cemetery. Yet of short duration, it takes, it is true, place in the middle of the tombs. Lydia West, Lucy’s interpreter, also shone in the dystopian mini-series Years and Years. The Danish actor Claes Bang, for his part, has made a name for himself in the series The Affair.
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By Anthony Thibault