Elbasan Castle Walls

Elbasan, Albania

Elbasan castle is a 15th-century fortress, initially composed of 26 equidistant 9-metre high towers. The site seems to have been abandoned until the Ottoman army built a military camp there, followed by urban reconstruction under Sultan Mehmet II in 1466. Mehmet constructed a massive four-sided castle with a deep moat and three gates. He named it Elbasan, meaning 'conquered country' in Turkish. He had built the castle in order to fight Skanderbeg, due to an ongoing conflict between the Ottomans and Albanians.



Your name


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

More Information



4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Vese Vesela Bogdanovikj (14 months ago)
Interesting place, amaizing old castle walls, behind them there are a many old historical buildings, bars and restaurants. We were here passing by on the way to Vlore. In Summer is to ?. If you want to visit this place its better in Winter, Spring.
Mehmet Ugurlu (15 months ago)
There is an amazing place that is a hidden hotel, restaurant, and park in the castle
N Q (17 months ago)
One of my favorite places to visit when I am Elbasan. The castle is hidden away from the bustle of the busy streets and offers good food and drink options, as well as occasional entertainment. It's perfect for a special occasion.
Marçal Gutiérrez (2 years ago)
Walls are cool but everything is kept in terrible condition and thwy don't care about the ruins inside the perimeter. There is a hotel resort on top of ruins.
Livia liv (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place in center city … they have a coffee and restaurant inside the walls the garden its with a lot of flowers around …. You can take a stop here because its really nice :) its clean all around …good coffe … good food … exellent service … staff its so friendly ? ideal place to spend a short time in contact with nature in middle of the city .
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) is an outdoor and indoor history museum. It is located on Niederkirchnerstrasse, formerly Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse, on the site of buildings which during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, the principal instruments of repression during the Nazi era.

The buildings that housed the Gestapo and SS headquarters were largely destroyed by Allied bombing during early 1945 and the ruins demolished after the war. The boundary between the American and Soviet zones of occupation in Berlin ran along the Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse, so the street soon became a fortified boundary, and the Berlin Wall ran along the south side of the street, renamed Niederkirchnerstrasse, from 1961 to 1989. The wall here was never demolished.