Krujë Castle

Krujë, Albania

The Krujë castle was the center of Skanderbeg's rebellion against the Ottoman Empire. During the Albanian Revolt of 1432-1436 the city was unsuccessfully besieged by Andrea Thopia and Ottoman rule was restored. After Skanderbeg's rebellion in 1443 the castle withstood three massive sieges from the Turks respectively in 1450, 1466 and 1467 with garrisons usually no larger than 2,000-3,000 men under Skanderbeg's command. Mehmed II 'The Conqueror' himself could not break the castle's small defenses until 1478, 10 years after the death of Skanderbeg. Today it is a center of tourism in Albania, and a source of inspiration to Albanians.

Inside the castle is the Teqe of Dollme of the Bektashi (an Islamic Sufi sect), the National Skanderbeg Museum, the remains of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed mosque and its minaret, an ethnographic museum and a Turkish bath.

Another attraction for tourists is the Ethnographic Museum, located in the south side of Kruje Castle. This museum is designed based on a typical house of 19th century. It reveals the sustainable methods of tools, food, drink and furniture production in a typical household. There are also objects and old wood and metal supplies that represent the lifestyle back then in the castle.

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Rruga Kala, Krujë, Albania
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Founded: 6th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Dronographer (2 months ago)
To be honest the castle itself doesn’t have anything to showcase apart from the 5th century Church. If you’re visiting the museum which is paid, then it is worth the visit. History of this place is really old and has been maintained well. The place has actually been turned into hotel on top. City view is good though Worst the visit for the Kruja market.
Serdar (3 months ago)
Great view from the castle to the city, you can see all the way up to the sea. Kruja is an absolutely must see city in Albania. I liked it more than Tirana. Driving up here can be challenging as the roads are a bit narrow and many potholes. There’s paid parking near the castle, which I recommend.
Ashley Bailey (3 months ago)
Super cool castle and museum! Great view on a clear day. Unfortunately for us, it wasn't clear, but it happens! There's a lot of information on Skandenberg and the history of Albania! Would highly recommend a guide!
Akanimoh Osutuk (4 months ago)
**Exploring Kruja Castle: A Hidden Gem with Enchanting Views** Nestled atop the picturesque hills of Albania, Kruja Castle stands as a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. Visiting this magnificent fortress is not just a journey through time, but an immersive experience that offers breathtaking views, intriguing historical sites, and a sense of wonder at every turn. **Scenic Beauty:** One of the most captivating aspects of Kruja Castle is undoubtedly its stunning panoramic views of the surrounding city and landscape. As you ascend through the winding paths and ancient walls of the castle, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing vista that stretches as far as the eye can see. The juxtaposition of the rugged mountains against the quaint rooftops of the city below creates a scene straight out of a postcard, making it a photographer's paradise and a haven for nature enthusiasts alike. **Historical Marvels:** Stepping into the castle grounds feels like stepping back in time, with each cobblestone pathway and weathered stone telling a story of centuries past. One of the most fascinating features of Kruja Castle is the presence of outlets of spring water that still flow to this day, a testament to the castle's strategic positioning and its importance as a stronghold in ancient times. These natural springs not only add to the castle's charm but also serve as a reminder of the resilience of the structures built by our ancestors. **Hidden Treasures:** Exploring Kruja Castle is akin to embarking on a treasure hunt, with each corner revealing a new surprise waiting to be discovered. Among the must-see attractions are the ancient wells, whose depths hold secrets and mysteries of bygone eras. These wells not only provided a vital source of water for the inhabitants of the castle but also served as strategic points of defense during times of siege. Another highlight is the secret entrance, shrouded in intrigue and mystery, offering visitors a glimpse into the castle's storied past and the ingenuity of its builders. **Conclusion:** In conclusion, a visit to Kruja Castle is an absolute must for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the history, culture, and natural beauty of Albania. With its enchanting views, fascinating historical sites, and hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered, this ancient fortress promises an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on all who venture within its walls. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or simply in search of adventure, Kruja Castle offers something truly special for every visitor.
Francesco Libardoni (4 months ago)
The castle is recent (don't expect a very old castle) but well renovated. The interior of the castle is simple and quite spartan. Overall, a visit to the castle is worth it also for the city and the bazaar close by.
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