Lezhë Castle

Lezhë, Albania

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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Elton Kola (7 months ago)
The Castle of Lezhe stands as an undeniable allure, and among the multitude of reasons to explore Albania, it shines as a historical and scenic gem. The enchanting vista and rich historical significance combine to transport you through the annals of time. Gazing upon the Castle of Lezhe offers a panoramic window into the past, allowing you to connect with the captivating history that unfolded within its walls. This architectural marvel serves as a tangible link to moments that have shaped Albania's narrative. The profound historical importance of the Castle of Lezhe elevates it beyond a mere tourist attraction. It is a sacred ground where pivotal events have unfolded, leaving an indelible mark on the course of history. From the very walls of this castle, history's echoes resonate, offering a profound sense of connection to the past. Standing atop this historical vantage point, you are immersed in the same breathtaking views that generations before you witnessed. The Castle of Lezhe stands not just as an edifice, but as a living testament to the evolution of Albania. A visit to the Castle of Lezhe isn't just a casual experience; it's a journey into a realm where time seems to stand still. The stories embedded within its stones beckon to be discovered and appreciated. This place is where history not only lives but thrives, inviting every visitor to become a part of its enduring narrative.
Julee Schoch (13 months ago)
Smaller than Shkodra castle but definitely worth seeing. You can clearly see the ancient Illyrian architecture in the large blocks that form the base of the fortress. You can drive up to the fortress and the views from the top of the hill are magnificent. At the bottom of the hill you can see more of the Illyrian ruins and Skënderbeu's "tomb". You may want to be careful were you explore around the monument as you might step in some unpleasantness where a wall has become a public "restroom".
Kassandra Cox (2 years ago)
This castle is beautiful and haunting. Nature has taken back a lot of the interior, and the views of the mountains and valleys are breathtaking. Definitely worth visiting.
Paul Heller (2 years ago)
This castle is very old! You can drive your car almost to the entrance, just follow the signs to the castle from city center, free parking at the top. You have to pay to go in the castle, but its not much. The views at the top are stunning, overlooking the city and the ocean. Highly recommend. Easy stop going between Tirana and Shkoder.
Vitali Nikulenka (3 years ago)
Lezhë Castle (Albanian:Kalaja e Lezhës) is a castle dominating the city of Lezhë, northern Albania. Its highest point is 186 metres (610 ft). Lezhë Castle is at an elevation of 322 metres (1,056 ft). 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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