The Fortress of Bashtovë is a medieval quadrangular fortress located on a fertile flat ground east of the mouth of the Shkumbin River. 

Previously in the Middle Ages, the region of Boshtovë was known as a trade harbor and otherwise centre for the export of grains. The origin of the fortress has been for some time a matter of dispute among historians. The initial fortress was constructed during the time when the region was part of the Venetian Empire as according to Gjerak Karaiskaj. However, Alain Ducellier has asserted that the Venetians have built over an existing former structure, which dates back to the 6th century, when the area was under the Byzantine Empire during the Justinian dynasty.

The fortress is a rectangular structure oriented to the north-south direction. There are three entrances, from which there still are well-preserved archaeological traces they were placed at the northern, western and eastern walls. The walls are 9 metres high and comprise a roughly 60 by 90 metres interior. In the north and east, there stands round towers each of them 12 metres high.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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iris drinziu (5 months ago)
Great place
Anxhi Çeliku (6 months ago)
Huge, very beautiful, near the sea.
Dušan Koudela (2 years ago)
Apart from the fortification walls, there is nothing to see. Also expect no tourist amenities.
killerbanjo (2 years ago)
Quite intact and you can even drive into the centre of it. Some information on the board at the entrance in English. Worth a small detour to visit I'd say.
Besim Xhaja (2 years ago)
Historic castle. If you are in Tirana or near Durres or Kavaja you should visit it !
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