Kaninë Castle

Vlorë, Albania

Kaninë castle was built in the village with the same name which is about 6 kilometres from Vlorë. The castle rises on the side of the Shushica Mountain, about 380 metres above sea level. The castle was built on the site of an ancient settlement, one of the oldest in the Vlora region. The castle is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century BCE. In the 4th century BCE. the castle was transformed into a fortress town. In the 6th century AD the castle was reconstructed by Justinian I. The castle was the center of the Principality of Valona in the 14th century.

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Kaninë, Vlorë, Albania
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Founded: 6th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Andrej Apollonio (13 months ago)
Worth visit for great views on Vlora and riviera. There is admission of 100 LEK but we didn't pay, because there was no one there (we found the hut for the keeper but it was empty). Castle ruins are not so impressive, go there mostly for views. Also road is now resurfaced mostly (musch better than seen on street view).
Edison Zacaj (13 months ago)
Awsome
Aleksandr (13 months ago)
Amazing view! By the way, you can visit it anytime.
Jorida nikolla (16 months ago)
Beautiful view
Shëndet Paç (17 months ago)
Kaninë Castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Kaninës) is a castle in the village Kaninë near Vlorë, in southwestern Albania. This castle was built in the village with the same name which is about 6 kilometres (4 mi) from Vlorë. The castle rises on the side of the Shushica Mountain, about 380 metres (1,250 ft) above sea level. The castle was built on the site of an ancient settlement, one of the oldest in the Vlora region. The castle is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century B.C. In the 4th century B.C. the castle was transformed into a fortress town. In the 6th century A.D. the castle was reconstructed by Justinian I. The castle was the center of the Principality of Valona in the 14th century. The settlement covers an area of 3.6 hectares.
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