Venetian Triangle Fortress

Sarandë, Albania

The dogal Republic of Venice purchased the area of Butrint including Corfu from the Angevins in 1386; however, the Venetian merchants were principally interested in Corfu and Buthrotum once again declined. The Venetians began to invest in Butrint in the late 15th century, which seems a likely date for the Triangular Fortress construction. Musket ports opened at both ground level and along the parapet walk. Vaulted storerooms inside the fort carried artillery platforms above to train cannon on the approach to Butrint up the Vivari Channel. In 1798, however, the fortress was slighted by General Chabot, the commander of the garrison of the French dependency of Corfu.

Triangular Fortress takes the form of an irregular triangle with a tower at each point. Originally, it stood on an island in a pre-canalised river mouth, protected by an outer siege work or ravelin (a crescent-shaped defensive wall).The keystone of one the interior buildings bears a relief of the Lion of St. Mark, the symbol of the Republic of Venice.

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Butrint, Sarandë, Albania
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Leena Griinari (2 years ago)
Very bad service: "We have closed the bar!" There were many thirsty tourists and no water. Sun set was beautiful.
Jacek Szter (2 years ago)
Amazing place Magic view. Good food. Service just ok.
SHAHBAZ SHAIKH (2 years ago)
City looks just amazing from here, beautiful castle and nice city better to go by car if you dont like walking as it is really very tiring but worth to visit
Katerina & Dale Fixter (2 years ago)
We hiked up to the castle which takes about 1 hour but steep, so if you not feeling like you can do it better take a taxi. We started early morning and by 10:30 we were on the top! Free entrance. The view from the castle absolutely stunning, we travel a lot and have seen many castle but Lekuresi castle is one of my favourite. Highly recommended to visit.
Martin Breuss (2 years ago)
The views from the top of the hill are amazing! The castle has some sort of cafe included, however that was closed during the time I was there. The panorama is worth the climb in any case, just beware that there's no easily discernible hiking path to get there (I went more or less cross-country...).
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