Tirana Castle Ruins

Tirana, Albania

Fortress of Justinian or simply known as Tirana Castle dates is a remnant from the Byzantine-era. The preserved ruins show that the castle was probably founded in antiquity, maybe in the Early Byzantinum (400-600 AD). The fortress is the place where the main east-west and north-south roads crossed, and formed the heart of Tirana. The current fortification has three known towers and it is undergoing a process of restoration, for touristic purposes. Inside the fortified walls of the former fortress, there are many buildings that can be visited, including restaurants, hotels, and cultural institutions.

About all that is left of the fortress above ground is a 6-metre high Ottoman-era wall, covered in vines. The recently uncovered wall foundations were incorporated into the pedestrianised Murat Toptani Street, while a mosaic commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Albania's Independence was unveiled near the Albanian Parliament.



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Founded: 400-600 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Neslihan Şimşek (12 months ago)
You can see pyramid as well bell at the same location. But i think location is so neglected.
Lazarus Lyman (12 months ago)
Until Albanians decide how they want to remember their communist past the massive monument to their former dictator Enver Hoxha will likely remain in its current state. While it languishes in disrepair, why not join the people of Tirana in making the best of a bad situation? The sides of the pyramid are easy enough to navigate, though going up is slightly easier than coming down.
Jerry Jorts (13 months ago)
You can't climb at the top anymore since it's under construction, but the new project for it is truly fantastic. It's not going to be just a useless brutalist piece of concrete anymore.
HSY KIM (13 months ago)
They have to maintain properly. When I joined the walking tour, we were passing this monument. People can climb on the top of the Pyramid.
Mr. Stonks (14 months ago)
It has been made a little bit dirty, because of some vandals, but still this is a very iconic place in the city of Tirana. It has a story behind it, it's quite an old building and seems interesting or attractive for the tourist's eyes.
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