Rodoni Castle

Shetaj, Albania

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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Roxana Mateiu - Vescan (10 months ago)
Beautiful place, easy to find and the path to the castle is quite an easy hike. Sadly, there is a lot of garbage around the castle. The views are amazing and worth the drive.
Arif Archie Sulejmani (11 months ago)
It could be beautiful tourist location if have any signs where to go, is goat road trough hills , forest, not a single sign hope they fix that in the future and ofc garbage everywhere is like Albanians doesnt care about their own country Is crazy. It had potential to be very beautiful spot.
Mikkel Korsgaard (11 months ago)
A bit off the beaten path. 20 minutes walk from car park. Not the easiest walk on narrow footpath. Can also be accessed from the beach but only at low tide. Worth the effort
Steven Weber (14 months ago)
Excellent. Must visit. One of the most beautiful trails in Albania. Castle grounds could be a little better maintained. The sign has probably been down a long time considering the condition. Very important place to the National Hero Skanderberg of the 15th century but doesn’t seem well cared for by modern Albania in the 21st century unfortunately.
Beat Müller (14 months ago)
Was there all by myself in April. What a scenery! 300 Lek at the entrance is totally worth it. The only pity was that it closed at 6 pm.
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