Paris has been always linked to the current fashion in clothing and personal attire. Tourists are also attracted to its world-famous gastronomy. In the field of the mysterious and unusual, Paris has been covered by a cloak of mystery, mysticism and superrealism.
In the dark alleys of the city of light, a horror fan explorer could find werewolves and vampires among many other mythical creatures. Making Paris, one of the places to keep an eye on at that times when you want to “believe”.
Vampires are mythical creatures that have terrorized humanity since ancient times, even though their existence has been questioned for centuries. However, there are investigations around them that show some allegedly “real” cases.
Of the most outstanding cases, the four most famous are, Vlad Tepes, Jure Grando, Elizabeth Bathory and Enriqueta Martí Ripollés. Which ones seem more interesting? The parisian vampires, of course.
Just to name one of the most famous, there was Vlad Tepes, who was the fruit of the savage war that took place at the beginning of the Modern Age, in the Balkans, with the Turkish willing to conquer all of Eastern Europe.
Known by his enemies as “the Impaler”, this sadistic prince of Wallachia, on the southern area of Romania, became famous for his battles against the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth century and for making torture a hobby. His infamous legend inspired Irish writer Bram Stoker to create Count Dracula, the most famous of all vampires in literature.
So, a museum dedicated to vampires in the neighborhood of Les Lilas sounds contradictory to this howling character. But, if curiosity invades and gets the best of you, make sure that on the next visit to Paris, you enter the world of the unknown by visiting the Museum of Vampires.
Les Lilas Neighborhood
It’s a sector in the outskirts of Paris that by the 18th century was characterized by having lilac fields, orchards vineyards and forests. That dream scenario was changing as urban development came: buildings, commercial development, small businesses, and now the government has made the Les Lilas neighborhood a place of tranquility again with a touch of Lilacs in its parks and gardens.
The Vampire Museum
The collection that the visitor will find is based on a great library full of information, paintings, relics, movie posters, etc. All based on this bloodthirsty character. The host is Jacques Sirgent, to whom you can turn to get all the answers to your questions about vampires and their relationship with France.
The museum is open from 12:30 to 20:00 for a maximum of 10 people upon prior reservation. The charm of visiting the neighborhood of Les Liles will be pleasantly balanced with a touch of mystery in the Museum of Vampires.
The museum is installed in a large room on a family home where the former English teacher, now on his fifties and with gray hair, has arranged the pieces of his personal collection: dozens of strange books, almost 400 films, some in pirated editions (but to be honest, who cares?), posters and a variety of objects that evoke legends of vampires.