Lezhë Castle dominates the city of Lezhë, northern Albania. The castle originates from Illyrian times. In 1440 it was reconstructed by the Venetians, and in 1522, after the Ottoman conquest, it was also rebuilt by the latter. The castle bears traces of Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Interesting places to visit are the ruins of the Ottoman buildings inside the castle, the mosque, the tower of the south-eastern wall with a Roman arch, and the Illyrian tower on the southern wall. The Lezha castle is a cultural monument. The castle offers a beautiful view of the Lezha fields and the Adriatic Sea.

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Kalaja, Lezhë, Albania
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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MIW Builders INC (2 years ago)
They need to keep up with the place
dorjan bardhi (2 years ago)
Lezha has an amazing fortress with a big history and and a great view , where you can have a good time and why not a picnic with family and friends.
rafał pstrągowski (2 years ago)
Ruins of the medieval fortress. Spend a little bit of time to see every part. There is amazing view from that hill. You can meet some animals, also.
hector jammara (2 years ago)
Build between VIII and 9th century partly over the ruins of the ancient city, still survive in the hills of Lezha modern city and is visitable every day of the week by a chepper price afordable for everyone. After the recostruction by the municipality of the road and the signs which leads visitors to the castle, it can be enjoyed visiting it, even walk at the walkside and discover many unknown elements of the ancient castle and enjoy the sorrownding beatiful panorama.
Gjovalin Marfana (3 years ago)
Love the place there, the information about the place is always available by the staff.
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