Rodoni Castle is located on the Cape of Rodon. After the victorious First Siege of Krujë the League of Lezhë decided to increase the fortifications for use against the Ottoman Empire. Skanderbeg chose the cape of Rodon as the location of the castle and construction began in 1450. The walls of the castle that was completed in approximately 1452 had a length of 400 metres. When the Siege of Krujë started in 1466 Skanderbeg retreated to Rodoni Castle from where he and his family, together with many people from Albania, were transported to Brindisi in 14 ships. According to Marin Barleti this castle was destroyed by Ottoman forces in 1467.

In 1500 the castle was rebuilt by the Republic of Venice. As a result of the corrosive action of the sea waves, some of the walls are now under the waters of the Adriatic. Today the visitors can see the outer walls on the right side and the tower at the place they intersect.



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Kepi i Rodonit, Shetaj, Albania
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Founded: 1450
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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panacea durres (6 months ago)
Very interesting place from historical point of view, but the fortress is in bad conditions.
Suprem 2010 (8 months ago)
very beautiful landscape but not kept clean by tourists and visitors. the path to the castles needs to be improved as there is danger. should be visited.
Liam Hammer (11 months ago)
Fantastic views of this ancient fortress on the beach. Not for the faint of heart as the cliff top walk is treacherous if you are not mobile and equipped with good footwear.
hector jammara (15 months ago)
A very attracting place now open for the public. A peninsula in the waters of Adriatic see very reach in species(aquatic and terrestrial) as will as a very intersting middle age castle and various hidden beach once military areas.
Tristan Pollock (18 months ago)
Not the easiest to find this small hidden coastal castle is tucked away on the end of a peninsula. You need to hike to get there, but it’s a short hike around 15 minutes if you do it quickly. To find the parking lot where you start you may need to pay a small fee to pass through private land. There’s a beach there with a small basic restaurant and lots of bunkers and tunnels. Go past the security gate and past the beach and then you’ll make it to the parking lot where you can hike along the cliff side and eventually hike into the brush and towards the other side of the peninsula where the castle is at the bottom touching the water. We went during sunset
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