Where Does the Story of Cinderella Take Place?

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The geographical location of the kingdom in which Cinderella lives is not established in any of the known versions of the fairy tale. Since there are over 345 variants of the story from different times and cultures, it is difficult to infer where the original kingdom may have been located.

The most popular version of "Cinderella," upon which the 1950 Walt Disney movie "Cinderella" is based, was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Other popular versions include the Grimm Brother's "Aschenputtel" and Giambattista Basile's "Cenerentola" — both translated as Cinderella in the English language — written in the late 17th century.